Buck & Rider held its ribbon cutting ceremony and media sneak preview of its newest location in Epicenter at Agritopia in Gilbert. The highly anticipated restaurant joins sister locations at 42nd Street and Camelback in Phoenix and 70th Street and Mayo Boulevard in Scottsdale. 

Buck & Rider CEO, Adam Strecker says, “We’re excited to be a part of the town of Gilbert. We’ve invested in the town, and we’re excited about the community and plan on being here for at least the next 30 years. Special thanks to Joe (Johnston) who got us out here and convinced us to be here. We’re excited about bringing the freshest seafood in Arizona to Gilbert.” 

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Those in attendance included ambassadors from the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, Gilbert mayor, Brigitte Peterson; the visionary and steward of Agritopia, Joe Johnston; CEO at Willmeng Construction, James Murphy; executive chef and staff of the new Buck & Rider and members of the media.  

Known for its impeccably fresh and thoughtfully sourced seafood, Buck & Rider boasts a raw bar with evolving selections that include oysters, current fish selections, shellfish and caviar and other featured items, like the soft-shell crab roll. Current fish and shellfish offerings update via a giant “flip tile” menu in the middle of the restaurant that refreshes several times an hour.  

There is a sushi menu, shareable dishes, steaks, ribs, surf & turf combos, salads, cocktails, wine, beer and sake. The restaurant is further complemented by a private dining room, and a large community table, perfect for parties, that will soon open on the spacious patio. 


Epicenter has proven it is a fun destination for its neighbors next door in Agritopia, and for those elsewhere in the Valley seeking unique shopping and dining experiences. To address its popularity, Epicenter has announced it now has complimentary onsite valet during peak hours, offered through Epic Valet near Buck and Rider. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Buck and Rider to the Epicenter family. Our tenant selection was guided by three key criteria: commitment to quality, passion, and expertise of their craft. Buck and Rider exemplifies these ideals, maintaining exceptional standards in service, experience, and quality,” says William Johnston, CEO at Epicenter. “We are honored to partner with them as they enhance the dining landscape of the East Valley.” 

Other businesses in Epicenter include The Tyler multifamily development, barre3, The Beauty Boss Co., Hooligan’s Barbershop, Spinato’s Pizzeria and Family Kitchen, UnderTow, Vintage Home and many other locally owned businesses.  

Buck & Rider at Epicenter in Agritopia is open for lunch, daily happy hour, dinner and weekend brunch. It is located at 3150 E. Ray Road, Gilbert, 85296. Visit buckandrider.com/gilbert for a full list of food and beverage menus.