Text Excerpts adapted from
"Tales From The Volusia County Nightclub Scene"
by Anthony Sica of Volusia Views Magazine.
Jimmy Ivanhoe's Rockin' Ranch is sort of a "nightspot" legend to residents
of Ormond Beach. Starting out more than 25 years ago as the Dungeon, and then
the Porthole, the building was bought by country music star Dale Ellis and his
dad, who turned the dilapidated bar/club into the Rockin' "E" Ranch. A short
time later in 1981, Jimmy Ivanhoe purchased the nightclub replacing the "E"
with his own name and keeping the Ranch as a country music hangout. Jimmy
had big dreams for his club, but, unfortunately, never saw them materialize.
A month after purchasing the Ranch, Jimmy passed away. Carrying her father's
torch, Janet Ivanhoe took over.
"Since 1981, things have drastically changed", states Ivanhoe. "I would never
have dreamed country music would be so accepted by folks from every walk of
life -- the typical "redneck" has been replaced by all sorts of local folks
over the years, which has made us very successful."
Due to the explosion of country music, in the last few years, the Rockin' Ranch
has brought in a whole new audience... If all this two-steppin' and line-dancing
makes you work up an appetite, the Rockin' Ranch still serves great
munchies, available six nights a week for your consumption.
Jimmy Ivanhoe's Rockin' Ranch is just that, "rockin." For anyone with a
love of country music, I strongly recommend visiting this legendary Ormond
Beach club, but don't be intimidated by the exterior barn-like appearance.
Truthfully the interior is spotlessly clean, with no brawls, red and white
tablecloths or chicken wire. In fact, the only thing you'll find that's
stereotypically country-western at the Ranch is an abundance of cowboy boots
and hats worn by customers, and the familiar twang of the guitars on stage.
Whether you packup the BMW or the 4X4, there's a good time waiting for you at
Jimmy Ivanhoe's Rockin' Ranch. Tell'em "My Cousin Vinny" sent you.
To join the line-dancing party, head to the Rockin' Ranch. You'll find live bands, free dancing lessons, a full bar and as much fun as you can have in a 10-gallon hat and spurs."
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Rockin' Ranch Night Club · 801 S Nova Rd · Ormond Beach, FL 32174 · (386) 673-0904