Coming to Ventana: The Culinary Expertise of Chef Stephan Pyles

Every aspect of Ventana by Buckner elevates what our members expect from luxury senior living. The diverse range of culinary and dining expectations of our members are no exception– which is why we’re so excited to announce that celebrated restaurateur Stephan Pyles has agreed to devise and develop five food and beverage concepts exclusive to Ventana!


Chef Stephan Pyles

Dubbed the father of modern Texas and Southwest cuisine, chef Stephan Pyles has created 22 restaurants in five cities over the past 30 years, including Routh Street Café, Baby Routh, Star Canyon, Stephan Pyles and Stampede 66. Pyles’ newest restaurant, Flora Street Café, in the Dallas Arts District, has brought serious fine dining back to Dallas.

At Ventana by Buckner, Pyles is set to develop five dining and drink concept establishments—each with unique breakfast, lunch, dinner and specialty drink menus. This selection will cater to the health needs of senior adults, while also providing the acclaimed dining experience Pyles’ legacy is built around. The agreement marks the first time Pyles will lend his brand and expertise to a senior living community.

“My partnership with Ventana by Buckner is very exciting. I’ve never done anything like it, and it’s an opportunity to be a pioneer with Ventana,” said Chef Pyles. “I’ve done lots of consultancies, lots of license agreements, and I’ve worked with a lot of people from airlines, to museums, to hotels. This one is unique because I see my base. It’s my folks that I’ve seen. I’ve been in the restaurant business for four decades and so it’s the people that I know. It really feels like it’s an opportunity for me to bring my food to them instead of them coming to me.”


So, what does that mean for members?


  • A rich variety of your favorite meals
    Ventana members will choose from a rich variety of on-site dining options, each offering differing menus.
  • House-made, nutritious menu options created under the expert eye of our executive chef
    Chef Pyles will help locate, hire and train an Executive Chef and General Manager and work with his team to open and oversee all five concept establishments.
  • The freedom to eat what and where you want every day
    Alternative menu options lower in sodium, fat and sugar are available to members on request.


“I want Ventana’s members to know that they’re in for a great experience when it comes to dining. It’s not going to just be food for sustenance. It’s going to be an experience. I want to deliver a restaurant quality experience at Ventana, so they’re going to have choices,” added Chef Pyles.


Other high-end dining options at Ventana by Buckner include complimentary continental breakfast for all members, catering services for special events, family gatherings or private dinner parties, menus that change daily, and—possibly the most exceptional—an on-staff pastry chef preparing treats to tempt your sweet tooth!


For the culinary-inclined senior living at Ventana by Buckner, that means you don’t have to worry about getting bored with what’s for dinner. Freshly prepared and delicious meals are always on the table, and family and friends are always welcome to dine with you!

Ventana by Buckner, a $140M, Two-Tower Community in North Dallas, Reaches Construction Milestone


DALLAS, [July 20, 2018] – Ventana by Buckner, a $140 million luxury high-rise community for seniors in North Dallas, marked the project’s halfway point with a topping out ceremony today. 

The milestone included the raising of a ceremonial beam and tree to the top of the north tower. Speakers included Charlie Wilson, senior vice president for Buckner Retirement Services; Rick Pruett, executive director of Ventana by Buckner; and Albert Reyes, president/CEO of Buckner International. The trio thanked workers with general contractor Whiting-Turner, who began construction on June 12, 2017. 

“We are extremely grateful to every single person who has labored to bring Ventana by Buckner to its midway milestone in only 13 months,” said Pruett. “The high quality of work put into the construction process is representative of the high-quality of life Ventana will provide its residents with luxurious features and amenities and excellent health and wellness services.” 

Ventana by Buckner is Dallas’ first and only luxury high-rise Life Care community. Its adjacent 12-story towers will house 189 independent apartment homes, including one-, two- and three-bedroom options and ranging from 800 to 1,900 square feet. Ventana includes the full continuum of care for senior adults, with assisted living, nursing care, memory care, and a rehabilitation component. 

The community will also include underground parking, multiple dining venues and lounges, spacious common areas, modern wellness and fitness centers, heated indoor pool, salon and spa, movie theater, rooftop garden, multiple patios and more. 

Ventana was designed by Dallas award-winning architect David Dillard and his firm, D2 Architecture. It will open to its first residents by mid-2019. 

Buckner opened its first retirement community in 1954. Ventana by Buckner will be its sixth retirement care property in Texas. For more information about Ventana by Buckner, visit 


Buckner Retirement Services, Inc. is one of the largest not-for-profit senior living organizations in Texas dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for senior adults and their families by promoting an active, healthy Christian lifestyle while maintaining their independence and dignity. Buckner Retirement Services is part of Buckner International, a global faith-based ministry serving more than 350,000 people each year in Texas and six countries worldwide. Learn more about Buckner Retirement Services at 

Rick Pruett Named Executive Director for Ventana By Buckner in Dallas, Texas

Rick Pruett, vice president and director of Operations Management for Life Care Services, has been named executive director for Ventana by Buckner, Dallas’ first high-rise senior living community, scheduled to open in mid-2019.

The announcement was made by Charlie Wilson, senior vice president for Buckner Retirement Services, a division of Dallas-based Buckner International. In making the announcement, Wilson highlighted Pruett’s “vast experience as a senior living professional. Rick is a leader with passion and vision who strategically plans and directs quality services within a living community.”

Pruett has worked in senior living since 1998, serving as an officer for two leading senior living organizations during the past 12 years. He has supported the work of multiple campuses in several states and helped open new communities, community repositioning, refinancing and quality improvement for existing communities. He has been with Life Care Services since 2013 and prior to that, served as vice president of Management Services for Greystone Communities in Irving, Texas, for seven years. In addition, Pruett served as executive director/administrator for three senior living communities from 1998-2006.

“Rick brings a passion for serving seniors and is a perfect fit for Buckner,” said Albert Reyes, president/CEO of Buckner International. “His skills and experience are a great benefit for Ventana and our future residents.”

Pruett, who begins with Ventana June 18, said he is looking forward to leading the senior living community as it prepares to open next year.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be in on the ground floor of an upscale community like Ventana and to set the standards of excellence as we hire our team and anticipate opening in 2019,” he said. “I’m excited to join Buckner and work alongside such a great team of professionals.”

Pruett, who earned his Master of Health Administration degree from Warren University, is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He also earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Southwestern Assemblies of God University. He and his wife Lindy have two sons, Trey and Braden.

Buckner Senior Living, Cooper Aerobics Collaborating on Wellness Program for Ventana

DALLAS, May 12, 2018—Buckner Senior Living and Cooper Aerobics announced May 11 a collaboration to bring top health and wellness initiatives to Ventana by Buckner, Dallas’ first high-rise luxury Life Care community under construction at Northwest Highway and Central Expressway.

Future Ventana residents, along with key personnel from Cooper Aerobics and Buckner Senior Living, gathered May 11 at Cooper Aerobics Center to celebrate the collaboration.

“This exciting collaboration is a blending of two unique, strong brands,” said Charlie Wilson, senior vice president of Buckner Retirement Services. “Both are Dallas icons and have collectively been working to create vibrant lifestyles for active adults for nearly 115 years. Our goal is to provide the best in holistic wellness for Ventana residents, and there’s no better provider to help make that happen than Cooper Aerobics.”

When Ventana opens in 2019, Cooper Aerobics will provide health and wellness consulting at Ventana for all residents, manage the on-site wellness center and lead ongoing wellness initiatives throughout the community.

“We are pleased to bring nearly 48 years of research and science-based findings at Cooper to nearby Ventana residents,” said Tyler Cooper, MD, MPH, president and CEO of Cooper Aerobics. “Our Cooper Wellness Strategies services provide organizations with wellness programming, fitness center management and consulting opportunities to help their people lead longer, more productive lives.”

Located at the intersection of Central Expressway and Northwest Highway, Ventana includes:

  • 186 independent living apartment homes.
  • 38 assisted living apartment homes.
  • 26 specialized memory care suites.
  • 48 skilled nursing accommodations.
  • 24 rehabilitation accommodations.
  • Multiple common areas and amenities, including several dining venues, a wellness center with an indoor pool and a Grand Hall multi-purpose space.

Ventana will join five other senior living communities operated by Buckner Retirement Services in Texas. Buckner is the second largest provider of non-profit senior living in the state and the 59th largest nationally. Visit for more details.


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 About Ventana by Buckner:

Ventana by Buckner, a Buckner Senior Living community will be a distinctive Life Care continuing care retirement community (CCRC), providing a full complement of services, amenities, and health and wellness programs. Overlooking the Park Cities and downtown Dallas, Ventana’s adjacent 12-story towers will feature 186 beautifully designed apartment homes for independent living and an onsite Health Center offering assisted living, including a dedicated memory care area and skilled nursing. Buckner Senior Living, one of the largest not-for-profit senior living organizations in Texas, is part of Buckner International, an international, faith-based ministry with a 138-year presence in Dallas. Buckner currently serves more than 3,000 senior adults across Texas in five retirement communities.

About Cooper Aerobics:

Cooper Aerobics in Dallas serves as the headquarters for six health and wellness companies and a research and education nonprofit, The Cooper Institute®, founded in 1970 by Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH.  Cooper Aerobics is the health and wellness resource that bases its recommendations on its world-leading body of data and expertise. Through the array of services Cooper offers, millions have been inspired to make good health a habit, helping improve their quality and quantity of life. Cooper Aerobics challenges people to Get Cooperized™ by adopting a healthy living mindset and following eight health guidelines developed by Dr. Cooper. For more information, call 866.906.2667 (COOP) or visit Get the latest updates on the Cooper Aerobics Facebook page.

Ventana by Buckner Breaking Ground April 20

DALLAS [April 17, 2017] – Buckner Senior Living is breaking ground Thursday, April 20 to launch construction of its new $136 million Ventana by Buckner community in Dallas located at the intersection of Central Expressway and Northwest Highway.

The groundbreaking ceremony takes place at 3 p.m. on the site of the new community at 8401 N. Central Expressway. The community is scheduled for completion by mid-2019.

Whiting-Turner, a national construction company with offices in Dallas since 1996, will serve as the lead contractor for the project. The community, designed by Dallas-based D2 Architecture, includes two 12-story towers offering sweeping views of the Dallas skyline.

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Buckner Senior Living Reveals New Images, Opens Information Center for New ‘Ventana by Buckner’ Senior Living High-Rise in North Dallas

Buckner Senior Living has revealed new renderings of its unprecedented high-rise senior living community, Ventana by Buckner, and has opened the Information Center for the 189-apartment community. Ventana by Buckner is scheduled to open in late 2018 in Dallas’ Park Cities area.

Following its March 2014 announcement, Buckner Senior Living staff members have been busy working with prospective Ventana by Buckner residents, including Priority Club members who have the opportunity to reserve their apartment and provide input on its design and amenities. A fully staffed Information Center featuring a 3-D model, video virtual tour, full renderings, and site and floor plans is now open in One Lincoln Park Building, Suite 725 at 8401 North Central Expressway in Dallas. The phone number is 214.234.1035.

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Ventana Overhead Rendering

Buckner International Announces ‘Ventana by Buckner’ Senior Living Community in North Dallas

parallax-buckner-illustraion-overhead-2Buckner International today announced plans for Ventana by Buckner, a 314-apartment North Dallas senior living community scheduled to open in 2018. Ventana by Buckner will further the missions of both Buckner International and Buckner Retirement Services.“For more than 135 years, Buckner International has been dedicated to transforming lives and building strong families,” said Albert Reyes, president and CEO of Buckner International. “Through Buckner Retirement Services, we’re able to enrich the lives of senior adults and their families while they maintain independence and dignity. Ventana by Buckner will build upon our core values by serving senior adults and offering residents opportunities to thrive.”The twin 12-story high-rise buildings, designed by D2 Architecture of Dallas, will measure approximately 450,000 square feet and sit on nearly three acres of land in Dallas’ North Park neighborhood, just west of North Central Expressway and across from NorthPark Center. Ventana by Buckner will be a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) with 182 independent living residences, 36 assisted living apartments, 24 memory care apartments, 48 skilled nursing apartments and 24 short-term rehabilitation apartments.In addition to the 314 apartments, the community will include three dining areas – formal, casual and bistro; a wellness center featuring a fitness room with weights, cardio machines and a host of other amenities, including a pool, aerobics room, chapel, movie theater, roof terraces with gardens, busi- ness center, library, day spa, 24-hour security and indoor parking.Even before its groundbreaking, Ventana by Buckner is hosting information- al meetings and accepting deposits for its Priority Club. Priority Club mem- bers will have the opportunity to reserve their apartment, have priority choice when selecting their residence, and have input on its design and amenities. Interested parties can schedule a meeting with the Ventana by Buckner team by calling 214.888.2084.

As a Buckner Senior Living community, Ventana by Buckner will focus on enriching the lives of senior adults through strong Christian values. The mis- sion of Buckner International and all of its ministries is to transform the lives of children and enrich the lives of the senior adults they serve. Buckner be- gan serving the senior population shortly after the Buckner Orphans Home was established in 1879. In 1954, Buckner opened its first CCRC in Dallas, providing a more formalized approach to serving seniors.Throughout Buckner’s history, its purpose as an organization has been to meet the needs of vulnerable people “from the beginning to the ending of life.” Today, Buckner International is a global faith-based ministry that re- mains true to its founder R.C. Buckner’s vision of serving people of all back- grounds and walks of life.For more information about Ventana by Buckner, please visit or call 214.888.2084. For more information about Buckner International, please visit Buckner Retirement Services:Buckner Retirement Services, Inc. is one of the largest not-for-profit senior living organizations in Texas dedicated to enriching the lives of senior adults and their families by promoting an active, healthy Christian lifestyle while maintaining their independence and dignity. Buckner Retirement Services is part of Buckner International, a global faith-based ministry serving more than half a million people each year in the United States and worldwide.About Buckner International:For more than 135 years, Buckner International has been transforming lives through hands-on ministry, serving the most vulnerable from the beginning to the ending of life. Buckner is one of the oldest and most unique faith- based social service organizations of its kind, serving half a million people each year in the United States and worldwide.