Fort Collins’ Rio Grande restaurant prepares for its next big move

A popular Fort Collins Mexican restaurant is planning its next big move.

Rio Grande Mexican Grill aka “The Rio”, a staple in Old Town Fort Collins serving some of the best Mexican food in town, underwent quite a change last summer due to a fire that erupted. is stated in the ductwork above the kitchen of the restaurant’s former location in Old Town (143 W. Mountain Ave).

Just over a month later – in August 2021 – following a thorough assessment of the overall damage to the Mountain Ave restaurant location, it began to look like the restaurant would be closed for repairs. for about six months.

As a result, Rio founder and owner Pat McGaughran eventually decided to open a temporary version of the popular Mexican restaurant just around the corner at 125 S. College Ave in Old Town Fort Collins, which continues to operate. today.

In recent days, however, it looks like the Rio is finally gearing up to leave its short-lived location on S. College Ave – but where to go?

According to ColoradoRio Grande Mexican Restaurant is planning its grand return to its original location at 143 W. Mountain Ave. starting next month, according to the restaurant chain’s founder and owner, Pat McGaughran.

The Rio is reportedly “working feverishly” to complete its renovation and return home, especially as the short-term lease of its temporary location, 125 S. College Ave., comes to an end in late May.

While patrons can pretty much expect the same incredibly delicious Mexican cuisine from the Rio once it returns to its location on Mountain Avenue, the restaurant will take on a new look, according to McGaughran.

“We are The Rio and we will be what everyone loves at The Rio, but it’s been a very long time since we’ve updated our design,” he said. “The interior of the space is going to have a more contemporary look.”

Additionally, the Coloradoan reported Wednesday (April 13) that the Rio was also working on a major expansion of its back patio — nearly doubling its former footprint and adding a dedicated outdoor bar that McGaughran said they were working hard to complete at the when the restaurant is ready to reopen.

I don’t know about you, but wherever the Rio goes, I’ll follow you.

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