A legendary Calgary restaurant and club may be hanging up the saddle.
An MLS listing for the Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall building, located at 9615 Macleod Trail S.E., was posted Saturday by Calgary realtor Rob Campbell, advertising the property as available for lease “for the first time in its history.”
Two for-lease signs also appear on the outside of the 17,000-square-foot Calgary watering hole. One sign reads ‘temporarily closed,’ and the business’s phone line is not active.
Ranchman’s has been synonymous with Calgary western culture since it first opened its doors on April 27, 1972, nearly 50 years ago.
The popular country nightclub draws large crowds during the Calgary Stampede and throughout the rest of the year. It has been named the Canadian Country Music Association’s “Country Club of the Year” 11 times.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced Ranchman’s to temporarily shut its doors on March 17, and it has remained closed since. Ranchman’s and other nightclubs are not permitted to reopen until Stage 3 of Alberta’s relaunch.
Ownership of the venue most recently traded hands in 2017, when Calgary bar scene mainstay Doug Rasberry purchased the property alongside a group of local business owners.
Ranchman’s representatives could not immediately be reached for comment.