Dale brought his vision for a new restaurant to Arizona. He and his then-12-year-old son, Spencer, toured Pinal County to find just the right piece of land for a casual dining steakhouse that would resemble an old western mining encampment. With experience opening and running successful restaurants, Dale had a specific vision in mind: the steakhouse would provide high-quality food, an opportunity for the patrons to enjoy their food and drink outside under the stars, and live country music entertainment. It opened November 1, 2005.
San Tan Flat has a center courtyard open to the stars and an open patio in the back with benches, museum-quality western artifacts and campfires for customers to enjoy Arizona’s temperate climate, roast marshmallows and, if they like, dance. One side of the restaurant includes a sheltered open-air stage for live music in the evenings and on weekend nights. Enjoying the music, Dale’s customers (especially the children of his patrons) are occasionally inspired to dance.