Thursday, November 6, 2014

Rio Bravo Cantina Reboot Finally Happening

From : Tomorrows News Today
 Rio Bravo reboot finally happening!
Ray Schoenbaum plans to reopen his beloved Rio Bravo Cantina restaurant in Sandy Springs next year. Now known as Ray's Rio Bravo, the restaurant will replace Peter Chang's Tasty China II, not far from Ray's on the River, on Powers Ferry Road.  Tasty China closed this past Sunday after a five year run. 

Plans call for the new Rio Bravo to open in time for Cinco de Mayo next year. 

Ray has reportedly been planning this reboot for over a year and began offering "Ray's Rio Bravo Catering" earlier this summer. 
 Rio Bravo was started in 1985 by Ray Schoenbaum, son of Shoney's founder Alex Schoenbaum.  With the success of the Tex-Mex chain, Schoenbaum sold the group to Atlanta-based Applebee's in 1995.  At the time of the sale, Rio Bravo was an 11-unit chain with four other restaurants.   Applebee's sold the then 100-unit Rio Bravo chain to California-based Chevy's in 1999. By late 2002, the restaurant's popularity had waned, and all locations were closed.

Former Rio Bravo Cantina locations are scattered all over metro Atlanta including former sites in Buckhead, Gwinnett, Dunwoody, Roswell and Kennesaw

There was talk that Cantina in Buckhead would be converted to a Rio Bravo but those talks fell apart and the restaurant space remains vacant. 

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