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.
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With Fourth of July weekend just wrapping up, we are now reminiscing all the creative patriotic items we saw and what an awesome time the BBQ pool party was. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the holiday weekend, it’s common to lose touch with the real reason behind Fourth of July- our country’s freedom. This holiday weekend, Riot Hospitality Group showed its thanks to those who have fought for this freedom by making a $20,000 donation to Folds of Honor, a foundation that provides educational support to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members. The Scottsdale-based hospitality group made this donation at the Arizona Diamondbacks game on the field just before the game this past Saturday as part of the baseball team’s Fourth of July weekend celebration. Together with donations from other corporate companies such as Fry’s Marketplace and Hensley Beverage Co, they were able to raise over $100,000 for the foundation. RHG plans to continue their relationship with Folds of Honor as they are humbled to know the incredible impact it has on the heroes families. For more details, visit riothg.com. – Alexa Miller
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