The Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, one of Colorado’s most beloved, homegrown restaurant groups, is excited to announce it will open its seventh location in Frisco, Colorado, in September 2014 next door to the highest Whole Foods Market in the world. This next Rio outpost will be the company’s first new location in almost 10 years and will serve up its famous margaritas, and made from scratch Mexican food to Summit County in a newly designed building.
“Frisco is at the epicenter of year-round recreation in Colorado — which is a huge part of our company culture,” said Rio Founder and President Pat McGaughran. “The Rio is the ideal destination for people looking to reward themselves after playing hard in Colorado—whether it’s skiing, biking, hiking or enjoying time with family. This is part of what makes the Rio uniquely Colorado.”
Perfectly located off the I-70 corridor at “The Basecamp” at 182 Lusher Court, the Rio will be adjacent to new and already bustling Whole Foods, an iconic brand that resonates with a similar customer base. It will be the first free standing Rio, built from the ground up and is located next to the bus stop that provides convenient access to area ski resorts including Copper, Breckenridge, Keystone and Vail.
Basecamp, being developed by the same team that created the Wellington and Peak One Neighborhoods, is organized around the idea of being the jumping off spot for everything that is cool in Colorado. “Early on in the visioning process we knew Rio Grande needed to be a part of our vision”, according to developer David O’Neil. “Rio has cross-generational appeal, a great party atmosphere, scratch kitchen and, of course, locals know, incredible margaritas.”
The building offers a unique and scalable design that will allow it go from 3,000 square feet to 7,000 square feet over two floors, depending upon seasonable demands, weather conditions and volume. It will boast two large patios ideal for après skiers and summer mountaineers looking to relax after a busy day. Two large fireplaces will warm the space and add to the distinctive mountain flair of the restaurant. The menu will include traditional Rio favorites like the legendary Rio Marg, while also offering a unique array of menu items specific to the Frisco location.
“The Rio’s expansion is largely spurred by demand from the local community,” said CEO Jason Barrett. “We have a strong base of Rio loyalists in Summit County and are looking forward to bringing a sense of vibrancy, variety and Colorado tradition to this growing community. The Rio will add to the spirit of adventure that already exists here.”
The Rio Grande is a 28 year-old Colorado restaurant with six current locations along the Front Range, including Fort Collins, Boulder, Denver, Greeley, Park Meadows, Steamboat Springs – each having an experience all of its own. Known for its legendary Rio margarita that has a limit of three, scratch Mexican food, and an unrivaled patio scene, the Rio is one of the area’s most famous establishments.
“Colorado has wholeheartedly embraced the Rio, and the vibrant culture has helped make the restaurant what it is today,” said McGaughran. “We have enjoyed a level of success and acceptance in this community that we could not have imagined in 1986 when we first opened. Now, more than two decades later, we are thrilled to bring the Rio to one of our favorite parts of Colorado.”