It’s The Grand and the new owner, Ruben Garza, has transformed it into an entertainment showcase for Bee County and South Texas. Just east of Beeville on U.S. Highway 59, The Grand sits off the north side of the highway.
Garza bought the club back in September 2009. He has since put more than $1 million into the renovation of the establishment. A larger dance floor, new restrooms, two large video screens and a back yard patio of 3,000 square feet with its own bar are among the new features.
“It’s been my lifelong dream to have a club that can bring top-notch entertainment to Beeville. A place that people can come to and forget their worries. Making people happy and seeing smiles on their faces is a tremendous reward for me,” Garza said.
The environment at The Grand has also changed. It is now a no-smoking venue. The inside bar areas are clean and well staffed. The restrooms and the entertainers’ dressing room are top of the line. Local law enforcement provides security.
“We’re open every Friday and Saturday night. We want it to be a place where people can come and forget their worries for an evening, just come in and relax and enjoy themselves,” Garza said.
The music is balanced between country and Tejano, with Duelo coming to The Grand tonight (Saturday). Future attractions include Kevin Fowler, Rick Treviño, the Bellamy Brothers, John Connelly and the Rick Crow Band. The Grand also has a few special events planned for future dates that are still in the planning stages.
Garza was born in Beeville and has spent most of his adult life on the road working in the oil and gas business.
“I always knew I’d come back to Beeville,” Garza said.
“This is a big investment for me, and I’ll do whatever is needed to keep it going and to see it succeed.”
If the large crowd at last Friday’s performance of headliner Ramon Ayala is any indication, The Grand is definitely heading in the right direction.