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New owners have big plans for The Majestic

DALLAS — When Ray Stratton made plans to sell three of his bars in Dallas and Monmouth, he had thoughts of slowing down.

Ray Stratton and Jenn Monroe are the new owners of The Majestic in Dallas. They plan to turn the restored venue into an event center, bringing people back downtown.

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Ray Stratton and Jenn Monroe are the new owners of The Majestic in Dallas. They plan to turn the restored venue into an event center, bringing people back downtown.

February 25, 2014

DALLAS — When Ray Stratton made plans to sell three of his bars in Dallas and Monmouth, he had thoughts of slowing down.

He may have succeeded, selling North Dallas, Tilted and Main Street Pub — he still owns Tony’s and Sweeny’s in Dallas — but perhaps not to the degree he had expected.

Stratton and his fiancee, Jenn Monroe, are the proud new owners of The Majestic Event Center on Main Street in downtown Dallas.

Former owner Kurt Brees — who restored the venue —had been talking to Stratton about taking over the facility for some time. It wasn’t until recently that Stratton discovered the time was right, especially after the city of Dallas approved his “Bike Night” events at nearby Tony’s.

“I like the way (Dallas) City Hall thinks now,” he said. “I think they are very much forward thinking. I see more activities going on.”

Stratton’s vision is to turn The Majestic into more than just a rental venue, but an event center — offering concerts, comedy shows and other forms of entertainment.

“We are actually going to put on events in hopes of getting people into downtown Dallas,” he said. “Obviously, in a perfect world, people would come down, eat dinner in one of the local restaurants here, and then come to whatever the show is that we are doing.”

Monroe and Stratton, who took over ownership Feb. 1, are already hard at work booking entertainment, starting with the venue’s March 8 grand re-opening concert with country artist Kurt Van Meter.

Stratton and Monroe also launched Majestic Catering and purchased china and other equipment to boost venue rentals for weddings, receptions, meetings and other special occasions.

Stratton said he is hoping people will take advantage of the upcoming schedule of concerts to see the dramatic change in the historic building. He said — despite all the work Brees put into it — he still gets a common reaction when he talks about The Majestic.

“People say, ‘Oh, the roller rink,’” Stratton said. “No, it’s not a roller rink anymore.’”

Check It Out

What: The Majestic Event Center grand re-opening concert, featuring Kurt Van Meter and opening act Trevor Tagle.

When: Saturday, March 8, 8 p.m.

Where: 976 Main St., Dallas.

Admission: $5.

For more information: www.themajesticdallas.com.

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