CBD BUSINESS: Johnny Ringo's resident bucking bull Ranga has left town after the once-popular bar closed.
CBD BUSINESS: Johnny Ringo's resident bucking bull Ranga has left town after the once-popular bar closed. Rob Williams

Another Ipswich business abandoned

WHAT was once one of Ipswich's most anticipated CBD bars has closed after less than a year in business.

Johnny Ringo's open in October last year but patrons have not been welcome at the iconic bar since May, except for on Ipswich Cup night last month.

Potential customers have been told the bar will not re-open and the business has sold.

Owner Brett Ringo declined to comment. There were signs the popular bar would re-open when owners advertised for a manager's position to run the Ipswich and Brisbane venues in late May. The 'honky tonk' bar and resident bucking bull Ranga were a popular fixture during the CMC Rocks festival in March and the bar has been a hit with locals on the weekends.

It is not clear if the new owners will open the bar to its normal operations or open as a new business.

CBD business timeline

The Vault Nightclub opened at 134 Brisbane St in 1994. It was named after the cement cellars under the floor.

The building was originally a bank and cement safes were later used to store drinks. The teller windows at the front are still visible.

The name changed to Club City in the mid 90s. Players Nightclub opened in 1999.

The site sold for $600,000 in February 2005. It was at the time the only venue in Ipswich with a 3am licence.

The nightclub re-opened as Cocktails in August 2010 after a two-month refurbishment.

Cocktails director John McGee at the time said the club would feature state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, an outdoor smoking area, new lounges and fully renovated bars and toilets.

The business went on the market for $1.99m in February 2015.

A 'duelling piano bar' was proposed in May 2015 before it closed permanently in mid-2015.

The building sold for $710,000 in March 2017 after close to a year on the market.

Plans to re-open as Switch Nightclub were revealed in July last year.

It was around the same time Hotel Metropole, at 253 Brisbane St, closed without explanation. The business had been open for five years.

Switch Nightclub opened in October but didn't survive until Christmas.

It debuted a few weeks after Johnny Ringo's opened in the old Hotel Metropole building.

In April, original Club Metro owner Jason Trembath announced he planned to re-open the old favourite down the street at number 134 Brisbane St.

Club Metro open in May, a few weeks before Johnny Ringo's closed.

Last month popular and long-standing venue Dusty's Bar and BBQ closed at 215 Brisbane St.



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