Epicenter, the high-end, vertically integrated mixed-use community and retail destination in the heart of Agritopia®, is pleased to welcome LGO Hospitality’s Buck &Rider to its dynamic mix of tenants. Buck &Rider continues to set the standard in the Arizona hospitality industry, reflecting a sophisticated style that attracts a young-minded and discerning crowd who understands authenticity, appreciates a quality and fun dining experience and the freshest seafood the state has to offer.
Designed by prominent and local Architect, Cathy Hayes with Hayes Inc. Architecture/Interiors, this third location for Buck &Rider in Arizona will occupy the Epicenter’s signature featured space, including a spacious 6800 square foot vibrant interior dining room and bar, plus over a 4000 square foot patio and patio bar.
“LGO Hospitality is humbled to have cultivated some of the most successful brands in the state’s booming culinary scene,” said Emily Collins, Vice President of Growth and Development. “Our partnerships and location selections are met with great intention as we grow. We’re honored to align with such a highly iconic, respected company and trusted team in Johnston & Co., a strong and natural fit for us all to help establish the tone and expansive vision for refined dining and cultural experiences in Gilbert and surrounding areas.”
“Arizona is home to some of the best operators in the nation,” said Joe Johnston, President and Founder of Johnston & Co. “At Johnston & Co. we have worked for over a decade to foster relationships with many of them with the goal of collecting them in one place where their collective talents may shine. We believe this serves Agritopia®, the town of Gilbert and the Valley. Certainly Buck &Rider is the cornerstone in the plan, bringing passion, craft and joy to the community.”
Buck &Rider, known for its legendary raw bar and attractive happy hour, also serves lunch, dinner and weekend brunch with live music. The menu highlights the restaurant’s West, East and Gulf Coast fisherman and oyster farm partners to serve guests with contemporary dishes, including the freshest seafood flown in daily. The steak program features LGO Reserve, the first in Arizona to be awarded with a private USDA label. Guests will also enjoy expertly crafted cocktails, a raw bar, hand rolled sushi and farm-fresh vegetables. While dining, guests will be able to experience the excitement of seeing our split-flap board update in real-time with details on all six fresh fish, cut in-house and rotated throughout the day, along with an everchanging oyster selection.
“This is another first for the East Valley,” said William Johnston, CEO of Johnston & Co. “Buck &Rider is a personal favorite, and we are excited to bring this unparalleled experience to Gilbert. Our team has remained committed to aligning with best-in-class businesses and the partnership with LGO Hospitality is a prime example of this commitment.”
Buck &Rider will join best-in-class retail and restaurant tenants, including Belly Kitchen & Bar, Bunky Boutique, Matt’s Big Breakfast, Peixoto Coffee, and UnderTow to name a few. Additionally, adjacent to Epicenter is a concept offering a new take on convenience, Air Guitar which serves up “Life’s Little Luxuries™” all under one stylish, convenient roof and is slated to open September 9.
Sitting above the Main Street-style retail destination, The Tyler at Epicenter will feature 320 luxury apartment homes. Developed by StreetLights Residential, The Tyler will include studios, one- two- and three-bedroom layouts featuring stone counter tops, two beautiful design finish schemes, upgraded GE stainless steel appliances, dimmable decorative lighting, urban mudrooms, rainfall showers and 10-foot ceilings. Residents can expect crafted spaces and coworking corners with a greenhouse-inspired conference room that doubles as a lounge by night. The Tyler boasts luxury amenities including a resort-style pool complete with cabanas, garages with electric charging stations, 24-hour access to package lockers, a concierge dry cleaning service, state-of-the-art fitness facility, bike storage and rentals and a pet spa give residents more ways to enjoy Agritopia® to its fullest. The Tyler is the fourth project developed by StreetLights Residential in Arizona and will join The Ryan, The Angela, and The Cameron in the West Coast portfolio.