From Startup to Inc. 5000: The Rise and Rise of the Riot Hospitality Group

It is incredible to imagine that the Riot Hospitality Group opened its doors less than a decade ago. In addition to the organization’s other successes, it was recently named to the Inc. 5000 list. There, the RHG rubs shoulders with pioneers such as Microsoft, Yelp, Dell, and LinkedIn.

The brainchild behind this innovative company is Ryan Hibbert, an Arizona native. He is the co-founder and CEO and started up the hospitality group with the sole purpose of bringing something new to the existing restaurant scene. And so, he did.

RHG owns and manages eleven outlets, in three different states. Riot’s first venue was El Hefe, a one-of-a-kind restaurant cum bar. This set the tone for the rest of the RHG’s ventures – the company wasn’t content with just offering up food and entertainment, it wanted its patrons to have an experience.

Riot Hospitality Group

Now, RHG was doing well enough but the company really stepped it up when Hibbert decided to join forces with the legendary Dierks Bentley. This led to the conception of Whiskey Row. Just a few years later, there were five different El Hefe and Whiskey Row outlets.

Still, the Riot group wasn’t satisfied and wanted to expand their ventures even further. With a little bit of research, the company figured out what was missing on the Arizona restaurant scene. This gave rise to Farm & Craft, Hand Cut Burgers, and Chophouse.

So, what sets these dining establishments apart from the rest? Well, they are committed to quality above all else. These restaurants pride themselves on offering the best and freshest fare available in the state. It is this kind of dedication that helped the restaurants develop a loyal following.

These ventures, along with others, allowed the Riot House Group to earn their coveted spot on the Inc. 5000 list. The company was able to showcase a 3 year, 95 percent growth. In 2017 alone, it was able to earn an estimated $40 million in revenue!

Compared to many of its peers, RHG can still be considered somewhat of a fledgling business. So this is especially impressive. Of course, Hibbert and the Riot group aren’t done just yet, though. The company has plans to expand its venues across the nation.

Currently, the restaurants and clubs under the helm of the RHG are in Arizona, Nashville, and Chicago. However, as these companies grow in popularity among the locals, their fame is spreading, bringing with it even more opportunities for this inventive hospitality group.

There is no doubt that the future of the Riot Hospitality Group looks bright and is set shine for many years to come. It is now up to the rest of the company to hold their breath in anticipation and hope that one of these innovative outlets will open up in a city close to them. Until then, it is certainly worthwhile to take a trip to one of these ventures and see just what kind of experience they have to offer you and your friends.

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