Cafe Rio starts community partnership

Bob Nelson, president and CEO of Cafe Rio, was joined by members of the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce and representatives from Mesa County School District 51 for the restaurant’s official ribbon cutting Tuesday morning.

President and CEO of Cafe Rio Bob Nelson said he couldn’t wait to begin a partnership by supporting the needs of Grand Junction community during the new restaurant’s grand opening event Tuesday morning.

As a gesture of good will, Nelson gave $2,500 to Mesa County School District 51 to be used for any program in need of funding.

“We’ll say yes to anything to help support the community,” Nelson said. “That’s just the way we do things.”

New customers flocked to the restaurant near noon to be the first to try the fresh-made Mexican cuisine, which has won numerous awards for its sweet pork barbacoa. The grill makes all of their entrees fresh daily, including grilled tortillas, sauces and succulent meats. “We squeeze 1,000 limes every morning — every Roma tomato is cut by hand — and we don’t use microwaves,” Nelson said.

This is the 37th location to open in the United States and the second in Colorado. Nelson said he loved the beauty of the valley and thought the people living in western Colorado would welcome the concept of fresh fast Mexican food.

Cafe Rio recently received the prestigious Sandelman and Associates’ 2009 Quick Track Award of Excellence. It was also rated the number one quick-service Mexican restaurant in the nation.

The restaurant is located at 2412 F Road and is open daily.


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