SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Martini Ranch, the Scottsdale bar that has been the site of more than one violent crime, confirmed that it is closing its doors after nearly 20 years in Old Town.
The announcement came Friday via an email newsletter.
According to Stephanie Jacobs, the public-relations representative for Martini Ranch, confirmed the closure. Jacobs did not provide any more information about the imminent closure, saying only that details would be released Monday.
The last events listed on Martini’s Ranch’s online calendar are Sunday Retox: Martini Ranch’s Final Weekend Curtain Call and Metalhead, both on Sunday, Oct. 13.
"Before we say good-bye, we wish to extend our gratitude to our amazing patrons," the newsletter reads. "Without your passion and energy this amazing run would not have been possible. We thank each and every one of you for helping make Martini Ranch what it is today. It has been a marvelous experience and a great pleasure to have been a part of your lives."
Located near Scottsdale Road and Drinkwater Boulevard, Martini Ranch opened in October 1994. It has been a popular venue for live entertainment ever since, racking up a variety of awards and accolades from local publications.
Not just a draw for crowds, Martini Ranch also seems to attract controversy.
The nightclub was the site of two stabbings, one of them fatal, within a six-month period earlier this year.
The first stabbing happened in January. Former Arizona State University football player Tyrice Thompson was working as a bouncer at the bar. He was stabbed five times and died several days later. Ian MacDonald, the 26-year-old man accused of stabbing Thompson to death, pleaded not guilty and was released on a $75,000 cash bond.
The second incident happened in June. A man was stabbed while trying to leave the bar. He survived his injuries. Police later arrested Simon Lewis, 29, in connection with that stabbing.
Those two incidents, while unrelated, prompted the city of Scottsdale to implement a new safety ordinance for the city’s bars and nightclubs. The new rules take effect within the next couple of weeks.
It's not clear if the new ordinance has anything to do with the decision to close.
The Shaker Room, Martini Ranch's innovative "club within a club," will close, as well.
Scottsdale-based Square One Concepts owns Martini Ranch, as well as several other restaurants.
"After 19 years of providing the best live music and entertainment in the city, one of the oldest running clubs in Scottsdale AZ, Martini Ranch, will be closing its doors on Sunday October 13th. Martini Ranch is one of the original hot spots in Scottsdale. Starting out as a neighborhood bar and grill featuring occasional live music, “The Ranch” morphed into a state of the art concert venue and night club providing people with live entertainment from local, regional and national acts of all different genres for nearly two decades. Since its opening in October of 1994 Martini Ranch has featured thousands of acts including world renowned artists such as Bruno Mars, Kid Rock, Sugar Ray, Grace Potter, Avril Lavigne, Train, Garbage, The Cranberries, The Cardigans, Kings of Leon, Mandi Moore, LMFAO, Cypress Hill, 30 Seconds to Mars, Switchfoot and many, many more. Martini Ranch has been acknowledged over the years for numerous awards such as “Best Live Music Club”, “Best Dance Floor”, “Best Place to See Local Music”’ “Best Go-Go Dancers”, “Best Patio” and “Best Sound System” to name just a few.
"With Martini Ranch closing its doors the infamous “club within a club”, The Shaker Room, will be coming to an end as well. Created in 2000 as an intimate, upscale lounge, The Shaker Room was the first of its kind in this city and spawned a host of similar venues that flooded the market in the mid-2000’s. The two venues have hosted the longest running Sunday night promotion in Scottsdale catering to Industry people and VIP’s throughout the years with great bands, flashing lights, energetic go-go dancers and sounds from the most popular and well known DJs to up and coming local DJs.
"Martini Ranch has always been a huge supporter of fundraising and has contributed to numerous local, regional and national charitable organizations over the years. Martini Ranch also created some of the first block parties on the streets of Scottsdale celebrating holidays such as St. Patty’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Halloween and New Year’s Eve that have led directly to the large events still going on in the city today. Indeed, The Ranch was at the cusp of many of the innovative night life elements that shape the Old Town Entertainment District to this day.
"Before we say good-bye, we wish to extend our gratitude to our amazing patrons. Without your passion and energy this amazing run would not have been possible. We thank each and every one of you for helping make Martini Ranch what it is today. It has been a marvelous experience and a great pleasure to have been a part of your lives. We hope that you will join us to help make it an unforgettable last two weeks for Martini Ranch and send us off with one last great party. On behalf of the owners, management and staff of Martini Ranch we thank you for all your love and support over the last 19 years!"