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Iconic Waco nightclub changing hands due to continuous COVID closures

Posted at 5:55 PM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 23:34:33-04

WACO — Hosting historical powerhouses for decades, Waco's own Melody Ranch nightclub is selling after citing COVID restrictions.

"We just decided to put it back on the market to see if it will sell, we don't want to sell it, but at the same time we don't want to go bankrupt continuing to pay stuff," explained Melody Ranch's Co-Owner Kelly Snell.

"The bank worked with us for awhile, but now they're wanting their money and like I told them, y'all got more than one customer and we only have one customer," chuckled Snell.

Snell explaining he and his business partner have sunk hundreds of thousands of dollars into the nightclub over the last several years with renovations to the parking lot, dance floor, walls, and air conditioning.

But after having to be closed since March due to COVID-19, they are forced to sell.

"Unless the state is going to come in and give help, but so far they haven't given any help as far as the bars go," said Snell.

Nearly six months of closure led to this point as, according to Snell, Melody Ranch only briefly opened for two weeks to yet again be shut down by the state due to COVID nightclub restriction.

At this time, ownership says Melody Ranch may be coming back as a restaurant, but those decisions will be led by the nightclub's new team.