February 20th, 2012, 5:00 am · · posted by GUEST
Andrew Edwards loves country dancing. He does have the money, so he built a country nightclub right on his own property.
How could you not love this guy?
“It’s true,” Edwards told me as we sat in a booth at The Ranch in Anaheim. “I built this place so my fiancee (Morgan Schnaebel) and I would have a place to dance. There hasn’t been a place for us since the Crazy Horse went down. The Swallows Inn is too far to drive, and In Cahoots is too young.”
The Ranch is an 18,500-square-foot complex on the first floor of the Extron office building at the corner of Lewis Street and Ball Road. The office building is on a three-acre commercial site that Edwards owns. He is in the process of moving the headquarters of his electronics company into the building.
In the meantime, The Ranch restaurant is in full swing, and the saloon next door is finding an audience of country line dancers and two-steppers who were abandoned when the Crazy Horse rode off into the sunset.
In fact, the saloon is modeled after the Crazy Horse’s design, with no seat too far from the stage. Edwards plans to turn the room into a full-scale concert facility with state-of-the-art equipment, which shouldn’t be too difficult because Edwards is in the electronics business. When it’s not hosting concerts, it is a full-service dance club, with an ambitious menu, live bands and country DJs.
There also is a happy hour (5:30-7 p.m., but closed Monday and Tuesday), with discounts on food and drink. However, there is a $5 cover charge at all times, including happy hour. But there are free line-dancing lessons before the real dancing begins.
There is no cover charge in the adjacent restaurant, of course, and the cover is waived if you dine in the restaurant first and then join the dancing in the saloon.
“I wanted to create an upscale restaurant that could stand on its own,” Edwards explained. “But the saloon had to be special because it means so much to us. We wanted a place that people like us could enjoy in a beautiful setting. And we wanted it in a perfect location, and this is the best location in Orange County.”
For those of you unfamiliar with the neighborhood, The Ranch is convenient sits in the middle of an area bounded by Disneyland, Angels Stadium and the Honda Center.
Article and photos by Barry Koltnow, for the Orange County Register.
Contact the writer: 714-796-5051, ext. 1110, or email@example.com
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