Owners of the popular American diner and live music venue the Iron Horse Ranch House in Market Deeping are looking for someone to buy the venue and take it forward.
Since it was established in 2008 the family run establishment has become an artistic hub for the whole community. Now owner Richard Swinscoe wants to retire due to ill health.
Richard said – “After over ten years of living the dream it will be hard to sell up and fully retire, but we are determined to find a buyer that wants to make this business even more successful and provide our hugely valued customers and staff with even more of what they love and enjoy.
“It’s been a really tough decision to sell the business after so many happy years and we are so grateful to have made so many lifelong friends from all over the country and the local community. My health has deteriorated badly over the last few years and at 65 years it will not improve.
"After long discussions with my family and staff, now is the time to sell to younger more energetic owners that can take the well-known Iron Horse Ranch House brand to the next level. We have a great team here and they deserve a more dynamic owner to drive the business forward to its full potential to franchise.”
The Iron Horse Ranch House is a popular location for fans of music from every genre and has hosted solo artists and duos through to Dr. Feelgood. They have promoted original music, covers bands, tribute bands, and hosted several new album launches.
Over the years, literally hundreds of bands have played there and they’ve had several American and Irish bands start their UK and European tours there before going on to London and other cities or major music festivals.
Of course The Iron Horse is also well known as a huge supporter of the local biker scene and proudly host the longest running weekly bike nights every Thursday and they have been well supported over the last ten years.
Throughout the year every weekend there are club visits from a wide range of riders and owners. Due to location, they have visitors from all over the country as they head to and from rallies, events and holidays. Local scooter clubs have enjoyed their visits over the years, due to the warm welcome they get from staff that genuinely love all machines with two or three wheels.
The Distinguished Gentleman complete their annual ride at the venue and it’s a very popular event with the public that love the smart attire and varied mix of bikes.
Richard is keen that any new owner maintains what the venue is all about but takes the business forward – “It would break my heart to sell to a food only restaurant owner and I think the local community as well as live music lovers and bikers that have supported us for so long would be very disappointed if I did!
"Iron Horse Ranch House will continue to operate as it always does under Verity and the team until new owners are found. All bookings and events still stand and the team can’t wait to see you.”
The Iron Horse has also been the venue of choice for corporate and civic events, dog shows, indoor markets, motorcycle shows and most things in between.
The venue has three stages and their in-house equipment can provide basic sound and lighting for less established performers that don’t have their own equipment. The outside marquee can host up to 500 guests, so it is ideal for music festivals, weddings, birthday and anniversary parties.
All interested parties should contact Richard direct via e-mail email@example.com.
Photos: K Steels Films and Photography