Proposed Anaheim Country-and-Western Restaurant to Become Concert Venue

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People in unironic cowboy hats dancing badly, coming soon to Anaheim!
Andrew Edwards, the owner of Extron Electronics, appeared before the Anaheim Planning Commission today to ask that the restaurant he envisions for his property at 1025 E. Ball Road be permitted to collect entrance fees and stay open until 2 a.m., seven days a week.

The Ranch is proposed to be a high-end country-and-western-themed restaurant with live entertainment and dancing ("like the Grove," according to Mr. Edwards), serving good ol'-fashioned American food: steaks, chops and the fixin's. The location is also to be the new corporate headquarters and training center of Extron Electronics.

I happen to live near the proposed venue and so I and many of the residents of the adjacent neighborhoods spoke to the Planning Commission this afternoon about our concerns. Extra security on Edwards' property does not mean a decrease in crime, it just pushes the crime that would happen on his property to the adjacent areas; also, there's nothing rent-a-cops can do about drunken morons with glasspacks on their pickup trucks roaring off after a night with Banjo Bob and the Bullfrog Boys.

The Planning Commission granted his application and directed him to work with surrounding property owners. To Mr. Edwards' credit, he is trying to mitigate his negative effect on the area; he has purchased four units in the adjacent condominium complex for his employees and has reworked the building to minimize the impact on the surrounding area, but a nightclub is a nightclub.

I'm not convinced he has it right. I don't think there's much market for an expensive restaurant with country and western live entertainment in that part of Anaheim, but it'll be interesting to see if he can make it work, and to see what kind of neighbor he'll be once his permits are all worked out.

Don't break my heart, Mr. Edwards, my achy-breaky heart.

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Back in Texas
Back in Texas

Went there on 6/21/12 as a night excursion before the Barrett-Jackson auction.  Coming from DFW, TX, we have quite a bit of experience country western dancing.  Called first and even confirmed with the DJ that any type of c&w dancing was fine as long as we stayed on perimeter.  No problem UNTIL they played a borderline 2-step song to which we danced the Ft. Worth Shuffle.  We were instructed by the DJ over the PA system that ONLY 2-step dancers were permitted on the floor and we would have to leave the floor.  WTF?  We had paid a cover charge and bought 2 expensive drinks.  Asked one of the bouncers if I could talk to a manager.  Within 10 seconds, the owner, Andrew Edwards, was in my face yelling "GO BACK TO TEXAS" as I attempted to explain the type of dance we were doing.... spitting on me the whole time.  Good luck with this attitude, Mr. Edwards.  And, to the original writer, don't worry the place will never last.

Freddie Payen
Freddie Payen

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Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

The area to the north and west (where Gustavo grew up, incidentally) is very Hispanic. East and south, it's actually surprisingly mixed.

Honestly, the best place for country music is a place with more than one country music station... say, perhaps Riverside, or Victorville, or someplace out in the desert.


There is no way I would even go see Garth Brooks live at that Anaheim location. It will probably be more Mexican cowboy music because that is in a strong Hispanic area. He needs to be west of the five fwy to have a chance at high end country music and food.

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