Scottsdale's Martini Ranch to Close Next Weekend
Word has broke of a major shakeup at Scottsdale's Martini Ranch that will ultimately result in the end of the longtime Old Town music venue and dance joint. The owners of the long-running nightspot announced today that it will close next weekend before being sold to new proprietors who will reconcept the place.
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According to an official statement from Martini Ranch sent out earlier today, the club will shut its doors on Sunday, October 13, after a two-night blowout and sendoff. While no specific reason for the closure was cited in the press release, Martini Ranch's general manager Michael Stravers says it was because of a combination of financial reasons and increased competition from newer and bigger nightspots in Scottsdale's ever-changing entertainment district.
"There's a lot of new investment that's gone on in Scottsdale. The landscape is really competitive and you just have to adapt with the changes in nightlife. We needed to make a change and, after 19 years here, we felt like Martini Ranch has run its course," he says. "This town seems to demand earlier entertainment. People are going out during the day more often now and you have to have your business suit what the trends are in your area. And I think by continuing to operate as we were, we weren't set up to take advantage of the trends in the entertainment scene."
However, Stravers states that closing of Martini Ranch and the sale of the property to new owners are not related to the pair of stabbings, including one in January that resulted in the death of former ASU football player Tyrice Thompson (who worked at the club as a bouncer and security guard).
"[The sale] is something we had talked about probably for a long time. We kind of recognized as it was operating, there wasn't really enough business in the short amount of hours we could potentially be open to sustain the place anymore," he says. "We've been in negotiations with different groups for over a year now and it kind of came to fruition now completely exclusive of those two events that happened. As much as everybody would like to draw the connection, the sale doesn't have anything to do with it."
Stravers says that Square One Concepts, the Scottsdale company that owned and operated Martini Ranch for the past several years, will sell the sprawling property - which includes a large main room and the upstairs Shaker Lounge -- to an unnamed investor group that will renovate things and reopen as a new nightlife concept early next year.