Creating a New Eatery Category Screams Success for Scottsdale’s Riot Hospitality Group

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Ryan Hibbert, CEO of Riot, met Valley native and country music star Dierks Bentley through a mutual friend at a benefit concert in 2011. The two started talking and Hibbert learned the chart-topper had thoughts of opening a restaurant/bar of his own. Hibbert walked Bentley over to the downtown Scottsdale El Hefe, Riot’s first venue that opened in 2010, which was near the concert venue.

With El Hefe, Hibbert crafted a venue that hit a precious intersection of restaurant-bar-nightlife. At the time, this business model didn’t exist, he said.

“It’s always exciting to be first in the market. Once people understood the concept, it absolutely exploded,” Hibbert said.



RHG Concepts Made 50 Cool Holiday Party Venues to Book a 2018 Event

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The economy is humming along. You’ve had a phenomenal year. Things have been so busy that the office holiday party was put on the back burner and still needs to be planned.

Never fear. Even if the office holiday party is something that slipped your mind, there are plenty of dynamic Valley venues still available to create a memorable holiday event for employees.

Here are more than 50 hot spots where you can celebrate your company and book a last-minute holiday party or off-site event to boost company morale.



The Hefe Dog featured on “Chow Masters”

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The Hefe Dog was named one of the “Best Windy City Hot Dogs” on Travel Channel’s Chow Master Chicago Edition!
It is a fully loaded kobe beef hot dog, wrapped in mesquite bacon, shoved into a soft mexican bolillo roll! We then top it with spicy mayo, charro beans, and tomatillo-avocado salsa. Come join us for happy hour or dinner and enjoy this one of a kind treat!

5 Places to Celebrate National Hot Dog Day

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From AZ Central-El Hefe will be offering 1/2 price Hefe Dogs for the entire day of July 23rd!

National Hot Dog Day is July 23. Here are 5 local spots for delicious dogs and sausages around the valley.


The Hefe Dog is a hefty dog, built with a Kobe beef frankfurter wrapped in mesquite bacon and served on a Mexican bolillo roll with spiced mayo, charro beans and tomatillo-avocado salsa ($11).

Details: 4425 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale. 480-466-0411,
Deli case featuring cold cuts and sausages at DeFalco’s Italian Grocery & Deli in Scottsdale. (Photo: David Wallace/The Republic)
DeFalco’s Italian Eatery, Grocery, Deli

Indulge in the sandwich of housemade Italian sausage paired with thin-sliced roast beef, on a choice of bread including sub roll, marble rye, sourdough and focaccia, dipped in juice and covered in lettuce, tomatoes, onions and Italian dressing (half $5.75, whole $8.25).

Details: 2334 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480-990-8660,
Goldman’s Deli

Fill up with the hot-dog plate, two kosher beef hot dogs, coleslaw, potato salad, tomatoes, onions and condiments, with the buns on the side ($9.99).

Details: 6929 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale. 480-367-9477,
Lucky’s Burgers & Hot Dog Grill

Feeling lucky? Score a veggie dog ($5.95), flame-grilled and nestled inside a housemade bun, then topped with your favorite add-ons, including sauces, relishes, tomatoes, onions and more: “If you can think it, we have it.”

Details: 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Scottsdale. 602-457-7776,
The Mission

Get your pork fix with the chorizo porchetta, a plate of pork shoulder, housemade chorizo Mexican sausage with rosemary, cotija cheese, white-bean puree and sweet garlic crema ($28).

Details: 3815 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale. 480-636-5005,

El Hefe wins award at the Burger Battle!

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It was burgers galore last night at Scottsdale Stadium and although there wasn’t a huge turnout for the Scottsdale Culinary Festival’s very first Burger Battle it was a really fun (and filling) experience and the folks that did shell out the $55 for a ticket got their money’s worth.

Zinburger, Modern Burger, LGO, Chelsea’s Kitchen, The Capital Grille, RnR, El Hefe, Lenny’s, Bueno Burger, Indulge, Old Town Whiskey, Bourbon Steak, and Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers all brought their best burgers out to compete for the title of “Best Burger”. (More on that later.)

Brioche buns, thick cut tomatoes, and butter lettuce were aplenty and the alluring smell of Kobe beef (or the U.S. equivalent, anyway) cooking on the hot grills filled the cool night air as burger lovers made their way from tent to tent indulging in more bites of burgers than any sane person should ever eat in one evening while listening to live music from The Walken and drinking beers from an event sponsor, Leinenkugels.


El Hefe Supermacho Taqueria opening May 22nd in Chicago on Hubbard

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If you love El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria Scottsdale, then get ready for another dose of great hospitality and fun as RHG brings you El Hefe Chicago opening this month! El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria in Chicago is not your average taco joint. You might just have to try it to decide for yourself! Located in the heart of River North on Hubbard Street, El Hefe Chicago is gearing up for the grand opening. In Chicago you will be able to find all of the delicious items sold at the Scottsdale location including unique tacos, and the award winning Hefe hamburguesa. El Hefe will dish up all kinds of tacos including Pork al Pastor, Braised Beef, Duck Carnitas, Chicken tinga, Carne Asada and more! The infamous Beergarita (a margarita with a 7oz. beer upside down in the drink) will also be available at the Chicago location as well as all of the delicious specialty margaritas! El Hefe Chicago will offer a variety of dinner options such as reservations, walk-ins, catering, outdoor seating and a full service bar. Not only will it be serving amazing food and drinks, it will also be accommodating the party-goers with a night club feel hosting world class nightlife and the best Sunday day party in Chicago. Personal table taps will be available at a number of the booths in the restaurant which will allow customers to serve themselves their own beer right at the table!

El Hefe will host DJs spinning House, Top 40 and rock at least twice a week, and you’ll regularly see servers dancing on the bars, you may even see Mr. T show up to party with the people. The notorious Scottsdale 4 to 10 Sunday party will be recreated in Chicago with the mastermind behind it all, Thomas James, who will be launching the day party with the same energy as the original concept which started at El Hefe Scottsdale. Clear your Sunday schedule because El Hefe Chicago is your new church! The party will start at 4pm and go on until 10pm, or who knows, maybe even later. Following the first Sunday launch resident DJ Steve Smooth will be carrying on the tradition in full force! Adored by crowds worldwide, Steve has taken his skills as a DJ to over 30 different countries in the last 5 years & to over 100 shows just last year alone. Steve’s talent as a DJ is only matched by his proficiency as a producer with releases on such labels as, Ultra Records (US) & Ministry of Sound (UK). I have a feeling that Chicago 4 to 10 parties will be a whole new level of Sunday fun!

El Hefe Chicago will most definitely be your new home for every sporting event especially the Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks and Cubs games. The Bears pride at El Hefe Scottsdale is always off the charts each football season and I can only imagine the excitement to take place in the heart of the city of Chicago this year! If you are ever in the Chicago area, make sure you check out this amazing restaurant & bar, let yourself be charmed by the outgoing staff and leave full and satisfied! Don’t be shy and go decide for yourself!

El Hefe: Tabletop Taps and Mexican Food with a Twist in Scottsdale

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One does not go to El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria for dinner. One goes to El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria for the tabletop taps. An ingenious invention that, like Eden’s apple, simply must be sampled despite its most assuredly sinful outcome, the self-serve taps sit like condensation-kissed gas pumps of alcohol at each booth. And when the attractive and friendly El Hefe server swipes a card to free the tap and fill the computer-screen beer glass with your first 32 ounces of Coors Light or Dos Equis, it is not so much a courtesy as it is a challenge. You and your guests will be fighting to be newly appointed deputy bartender, and you’ll have every intention of draining its lode, literally and digitally.


El Hefe – More than just a sexy taco bar!

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Schmooze loves street tacos more than anyone, but our interest was really aroused by the mention of duck tacos! In all fairness, our friends and loyal followers (all two of them) have been bugging us for weeks to check out El Hefe and we frankly ran out of excuses not to, the duck tacos just cinched the deal. Schmooze immediately fell in love with El Hefe and the quirky decor, someone had a lot of fun decorating this place, its visual eye-candy!