Extensive Remodel and Same Great Service, Food, Drinks

By Blaine Howerton | New SCENE

Just after a devastating fire in July, 2021, Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant has re-opened its doorways at 143 W Mountain in Fort Collins.

“After more than 30 a long time on West Mountain Avenue, it was time for time for an update, and the kitchen area fire expedited the process,” said Pat McGaughran, founder and operator of the Rio. “Whether it is a content hour or wedding reception, the Rio has been a neighborhood gathering place for yrs, and we are incredibly psyched to be able to convey the neighborhood back again alongside one another in our original room. The renovation celebrates the heritage in just the walls and also offers the house a much more fashionable and contemporary appear.”

Pat McGaughran, Owner of Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant in Fort Collins (Image by Rolly Medina)

COVID in 2020 was a scary time for Rio. “We managed to discover our way by all that,” explained Pat. “I felt like the group figured out a way for us to keep relocating forward. We are really grateful that all that took position, and we experienced the fortitude to preserve relocating forward.”

Then the fire took place. ” I got a get in touch with at 1 o’clock in the morning, and they mentioned the building’s on fireplace. I imagined this was it,” reported Pat. 

But, firefighters saved the building. There was a spot near by, a temporary spot. According to Pat, the insurance coverage corporation protected the losses. “We pulled all that jointly, and it’s been huge that we had that facility. So now, here we are!”

Upcycled decor at the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant (Photo by Blaine Howerton)

Pat discussed that they gave special attention to the transforming details at a the latest push luncheon while standing in the new eating home. They upcycled a lot of it and held the common glimpse and really feel though modernizing the setting up (at first created in 1902).

As often has been the situation, Rio presents particular interest to ingredients in the foodstuff and beverages.

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant’s bar in Fort Collins (Photograph by Blaine Howerton)

This creator has requested the same environmentally friendly chile-smothered hen burrito for practically 20 many years. I ventured out at the luncheon to test the steak and Portabella Fajitas! I’m a substantial enthusiast! The Contemporary JALAPEÑO MARG was an exceptional complement with Cazadores Reposado, orange liqueur, and contemporary muddled jalapeño & lime.

“I’m grateful to have this possibility. We have been in this location because 1991,” said Pat. “This area has been an astounding place for folks to get around the several years.”

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant delivers delighted hour Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., lunch and meal each day (situations range per site), and weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vegan-pleasant and gluten-no cost solutions are also available at each and every location.


Personalized artwork at Rio Grande Mexican Cafe (Picture by Rolly Medina)

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