Jeff Rogers, the owner of several restaurants and nightclubs in Oklahoma City, including the popular Cowboy Ranch, died on December 9, 2022, at the age of 49. His death came just one day after he was evicted from his largest operation, Cowboy Ranch, for failing to pay rent and taxes for nearly two years. His attorney, Elaine Dowling, said he died of natural causes, but the medical examiner later revealed that he overdosed on Xanax, a prescription drug used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. His death also involved cardiomegaly, a condition of an enlarged heart, and cocaine and alcohol use, according to the medical examiner’s report.
A Long History of Business Ventures and Legal Troubles
Jeff Rogers was a longtime restaurant and nightclub operator in Oklahoma City, who opened more than a dozen businesses in the past two years, such as Yo! Pablo, Steak the Experience, Tipsy Tiki, Chico Blanco, Pig & Butcher, Red Dragon Express, and Bloom Nightclub. However, many of his ventures were short-lived and faced financial and legal problems. He owed more than $100,000 to the Oklahoma Tax Commission and was sued by several landlords for unpaid rent and damages. He was also evicted from a space along the Bricktown Canal that he rented from the same owners of Cowboy Ranch, Brent and Brett Brewer.
The Final Days of Cowboy Ranch and Jeff Rogers
Cowboy Ranch was one of Jeff Rogers’ most successful and popular businesses, a bar and dance club that featured live music, mechanical bulls, and a large patio. It was located at 9211 E Reno Ave, near the intersection of Interstate 40 and Sooner Road. The lease agreement for Cowboy Ranch went into effect on July 13, 2020, and was supposed to last until October 31, 2025. However, Rogers failed to provide reports and percentage rent payments for the months of January 2021 through August 2022, according to court documents. The landlords filed an eviction notice on November 29, 2022, and a judge granted them possession of the premises on December 7, 2022. Rogers was given until December 8, 2022, at 11 a.m. to vacate the premises. He announced on Facebook that Cowboy Ranch would close its doors on December 8, 2022, and thanked his customers and staff for their support. The next day, he was found dead in his home in Edmond by his wife, who called 911. He was not breathing and had no obvious signs of injury, according to police.