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“With everything going on and downtown Calgary being almost completely empty, it has created a sort of perfect storm for restaurant and hospitality murders.
Ranchman’s has been synonymous with Calgary’s cowboy culture for almost 50 years after opening on April 27, 1972.
The country nightclub was a popular location during the Calgary Stampede and throughout the year, being named “Country Club of the Year” by the Canadian Country Music Association 11 times.
The site temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 17 and has remained closed since. Nightclubs such as Ranchman’s are not allowed to reopen until Alberta’s Stage 3 relaunch, and public health officials have said there is currently no timeline for when that might. happen.
The bar was founded by Harris Dvorkin and Kevin Baker, but ownership was swapped in 2017, after Dvorkin’s death. Doug Rasberry, a mainstay of the Calgary bar scene, bought the property alongside a group of local business owners.
Members of the Ranchman’s ownership group did not respond to Postmedia’s numerous requests for comment.
Campbell said the owners were only speaking to “a select few” about the situation.
“It was a heartbreak for him. Doug (Rasberry) was the first guy, when I took Ranchman’s to the market three and a half years ago, Doug lit up like a kid on Christmas. He was so excited to have the opportunity to pick up this story, ”he said.