Scottsdale's Martini Ranch to Close Next Weekend

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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.

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.


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Martini Ranch - CLOSED

7295 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

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43 comments
Clint W Clark
Clint W Clark

Been here 16 years, went there once, band was good venue sucked. Scottsdale posers...

Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith

They should be arrested for using Brush Script on their sign.

Mark Sawyckyj
Mark Sawyckyj

Saw Winger there...gonna be a loss now more damn casino shows....

Tom Rubino
Tom Rubino

Crappy place glad it went down, they don't anything about hiring talent, bye bye MR

Garyn Klasek
Garyn Klasek

Scottsdale is a pimple and phoenix is an ass.

Angie Rivera
Angie Rivera

The only place in Scottsdale I like a bit was The Roxy Lounge.

Miranda Milo Adams
Miranda Milo Adams

the only thing i liked about it was being able to get so up close to some of my favorite bands.

Mike Richardson
Mike Richardson

Its funny. Im out in old town quiet often trough the weeks. I never see affliction shirt or ed hardy gear. I see a bunch of people hanging out with other good people smiling. If your in a club your drinking and dancing. If your at a bar your drinking and socializing. I have not come across one "ed hardy/affliction" guy.

Inty Moreno
Inty Moreno

Really? Head out to Crescent for a real music venue... No sparkly Affliction shirts to ruin your view.

Jenna Grey
Jenna Grey

I would be happy to see Scottsdale close.

Nicholai Black
Nicholai Black

It's about damn time. Martini Ranch has been a pimple on the ass of Scottsdale for far too long.

Mike Richardson
Mike Richardson

It was nice for bands or local bands coming through. The live venue side has aged a lot it needed the overhaul. The shaker room is nice but needs a remodel. I will miss it a little bit but excited to see whats in store.

Haley Grigaitis
Haley Grigaitis

Had some great times here - Personally I spent my nights there listening to talented musicians on their way through town & not paying attention to the Scottsdale socialites around me, but to each their own.

Garyn Klasek
Garyn Klasek

Where am i gonna go if i wanna get stabby?

Darin Spyderdog
Darin Spyderdog

this is horrible! my credit cards are running out of places to act rich, and im starting to run out of places to pretend my turds smell like cinnamon and vanilla. what am i gonna do??? where will i be able to hear terrible music in scottsdale now?

Trevor Ronde
Trevor Ronde

Only went there once so I won't miss much. With Joes Grotto, Club Red/Red Owl, Crescent Ballroom, Tempe Tavern, Rhythm Room and The Blooze, I have plenty of places to see my favorite bands.

Joe Ploskonka
Joe Ploskonka

Wait... are you trying to tell me those sparkly 30 dollar Ed Hardy shirts are not high fashion of the rich and famous? haha

Antonio Maldonado
Antonio Maldonado

I've seen some great bands play there. Must have missed the vinegar males & plastiq females

Garyn Klasek
Garyn Klasek

Nooooooooo... stop making me cry. Where am i gonna pop my collar with my brahs and roofie all the plastic barbies?

Dave Surber
Dave Surber

I won't be happy until Scottsdale closes.

Laura Marie Hamlin
Laura Marie Hamlin

Hooray!!!! I saw some good shows there but always at the expense of my dignity. (because srsly, Martini Ranch? yikes) Maybe now it will open as something awesome. It could happen.

Charles Forker
Charles Forker

Just saw Jerry Riopelle there a few months ago , wonderful, I remember when it was Harry and Steve's I think, got a bad rap as of late,sign of times

Josh Montag
Josh Montag

Bummer to see it go...but happy I didn't get shanked by the wanna-be gangstas

Kenny Mclain
Kenny Mclain

Who cares they don't let tattooed folks in. So fuck em.

Josh Skora
Josh Skora

Glad to see all the plastic hoochies and $30.000 millionaires will have one less place to go...

Danny King
Danny King

Will you be sad to see New Times fold?

Mike Vigil
Mike Vigil

let me put on some Kevlar and go say goodbye.

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