The Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant Celebrates Turning 33 on June 15

The Rio features drink specials for their 33rd anniversary on June 15th.

From 12:33 p.m. to 3:33 p.m. customers can get $3.33 Classic Margs (all varieties) and $1.33 Rolling Rock bottles at all locations. Why Rolling Rock? See here.

In 1986, Rio founder and owner, Pat McGaughran, opened the Rio in Old Town, Fort Collins, so he could introduce his beloved TexMex food to everyone. The Rio quickly became a place for guests to have a laugh with friends over a good meal. The concept was so popular that over the next three decades, McGaughran opened six locations across Colorado. Now, as a 33-year-old Colorado icon, Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant is still the state’s favorite spot for fresh TexMex and strong margaritas.

To this day the Rio is dedicated to bringing fresh ingredients, interesting flavors and chef-inspired preparation to the menu, while staying true to the traditional dishes that made the Rio famous. Patrons can still get the classic Rio margarita, flame-grilled fajitas and handmade tortillas they’ve loved for decades, but now, new salsas celebrating different chile varieties have a spot on the menu. Even the Rio’s upgraded taco selection brings a more interactive, modern dining experience with a la carte, mix-and-match ordering and seasonal, featured items.

At the bar, patrons can find a full menu of spirits, local craft beer, and 11 fresh margarita varieties. Under the direction of their tequila ambassador, craft tequila-based cocktails, such as the Rio’s new Añejo Smash, offer another new twist on a classic drink style, while still paying homage to the Rio’s history as one of the nation’s largest tequila purveyors with more than 60 hand-selected tequilas and another 17 vault tequilas.

From introducing Colorado diners to fajitas 33 years ago to more recently partnering with local farms for Harvest Days for a late-summer, seasonal menu, there have always been new things to experience and enjoy at the Rio. The Rio will always be home to those tasty margaritas, flavorful fajitas, and slow-cooked black beans. Good food done well will always stand the test of time.

Rio Summer Events:

  • PrideFest: FirstBank and the Rio are teaming up to support Denver’s LGBTQ community during PRIDE month. For every Hibiscus drink purchased at the Rio’s Park Meadows, Boulder and Denver locations — throughout June — FirstBank is donating three dollars (or half the purchase price) to Rainbow Alley – a nonprofit and safe space for LGBT youth.
  • Top Taco: On June 27th, the Rio will compete for the top taco and the top tequila cocktail. Festival goers sample unlimited taco tastes and signature tequila cocktails from some of the best restaurants in Denver, voting for their favorites to crown four categories of awards.
  • Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest: The 2019 festival will take place Aug. 9, 10 and 11, and is a free, three-day music festival held each August in historic downtown Fort Collins. The Rio mobile patio will be onsite for outdoor seating space during the festival.
  • TPC Colorado Championship: As one of the highly anticipated golf events of the year, this tournament will host the most talented players in the game on the Tour. The Rio is one of a few local restaurants sought out by the TPC Heron Lakes to showcase Colorado food and beverage, and will be featured on the course at “the Rio Patio on the 1st Tee” where spectators can enjoy Rio margs and tacos throughout the four-day event July 11-14. This is the first professional golf tournament to be hosted in northern Colorado and the Rio is proud to be a part of it.
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