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.

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.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.