Life’s a beach when you live on “The Bend” — the legendary Ontario party town known as Grand Bend. Back for a new season, this original Canadian docu-soap follows the unpredictable exploits of the Rapaport family, owners of a one-of-a-kind hotel, nightclub, restaurant and bar called Coco’s that is the beating heart of Grand Bend’s summertime nightlife. Follow Mickey, Nancy, Justin and an ever-changing cast of friends, staff members, club kids, beachgoers , hangers-on and frenemies for what promises to be a summer to remember!
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Mickey (62) is Coco’s owner. He’s a wily Polish-Jewish mastermind/trickster who oversees every decision and even works the DJ turntables on hot summer days. About a decade ago he discovered house music, and it changed his life. Mick, in his own eccentric way, oversees the business — and the kids who work there at his “summer camp nightclub school.”
Wife Nancy holds her family together while managing Coco’s financial side. Protective mother hen to Coco’s female staff, she runs a tight ship, with zero tolerance for misbehaving customers or inept staff ineptitude — and sometime little patience for Mick’s practical jokes.
Justin (26), apprentice to his father in all things management, runs the kitchen and bar orders. Funny and sarcastic, fueled by adrenaline and energy drinks, he does his best to weather the ups and down of the business and his parents’ demands. But when Mick gets under his skin, situations have a way of becoming explosive.
Amelia (23) is Justin’s pixieish girlfriend and one of Coco’s top bartenders. She bunks with her boyfriend/boss in one of the small hotel rooms upstairs. Smart and even-tempered, she knows enough to step aside when family conflict arises, usually escaping with girlfriends for some fun at the beach.
Natalie (24) is Nancy’s niece. The former manager, she quit Coco’s after last summer. This year, she is helping her boyfriend run Shady Lane, the rental cottages behind Coco’s — a staff hangout, and site of late-night shenanigans. Nat takes a leading role in drinking games and after-hours hilarity — but come daytime, she’s all business.
Laura is Coco’s new door “shark,” and according to Mick “a mysterious girl.” Super-confident and super-sexy, this shark was born swimming. Does Mick have a new secret weapon? Or will The Shark head south when the mercury rockets past 100 degrees?
High Kick is Coco’s newest bartender and a longtime friend of the owners and staff. Mick, however, is skeptical about Justin’s new hire. And High Kick’s extracurricular hijinks don’t exactly inspire confidence. Sure, everybody loves a guy who can touch his nose with his toes — but can he handle the Saturday night mayhem behind the bar?
Chad is the dim but awesomely buff Coco’s barback. A magnet for Grand Bend’s cougars, he is perpetually late, and a lightning rod for Mick’s Depression-era work ethic.