The Rio: Your Escape from the Everyday
Everyone needs a healthy escape every now and then. The Rio was built on the simple promise of providing that little bit of sanctuary – any time you need it. It all began in 1986, when the town of Fort Collins was hungry for some delicious Mexican food and really thirsty for a decent margarita. Three guys from the Texas Gulf Coast heard them loud and clear, and started serving up something special. And that tradition continues today with six great Colorado locations (seven, including Coors Field!) - each offering a flavor all its own.
But it’s our people who have always been our secret ingredient. Treating each other well is our way of life. Delivering wholesome food with a workplace to match is the best way to ensure happy, satisfied customers. And sharing the flavors we’ve experienced along the way is always the start of a good thing. So cheers. Enjoy the benefits of our many adventures in Mexico, the recipes we’ve discovered, and of course, the legendary Rio Marg. We hope you’ll agree that we serve up the best dang margaritas and from-scratch Mexican food this side of the Rio Grande, all in an atmosphere that makes you forget why you needed an escape in the first place.
Your Neighborhood Rio
Fort Collins: 970-224-5428
Park Meadows: 303-799-4999
Rio World Headquarters:
149 W. Mountain Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Contact our Leadership Team:
- Chief Executive Officer: Jason Barrett
- Chief Operating Officer: Steve Richter
- Director of Food and Beverage: Erich Whisenhunt
- Facilities - Brick & Mortar: Chris Jumper
- General Questions: Juley Sobson
Interested in joining the Rio team?
We’re always looking for talented people! Click here to see a current list of job openings or reach out to your local Rio General Manager directly.
See what our employees are saying about working for the Rio!
“I love working at the Rio because of the people I get to interact with each day. Our team is like family, and we know how to have a good time. I truly love getting to know our customers, especially our regulars. Our restaurant has been a hub for our downtown that is continuing to thrive. We give to our community through donations and much more. I love being part of something larger that makes a difference for others. People are our secret ingredient and I'm proud to be part of the Rio.”
Ambrette Gilkey, Greeley Rio
“I was hired at the Rio on my 21st birthday and little did I know I was also being adopted into a family of the best people I could imagine. It is a family not only made up of co-workers, but also people that walk through our doors every day. This family has taught me lessons as well as shared some of the best moments of my life. The faces have come and gone, but the magic that this place holds ensures that the family spirit remains. I am now 26 and this place has shaped me into the person that I am proud to be today.”
Chris Field, Fort Collins Rio
“What I like the most about the Rio is that it feels like my second family, from the staff to the regulars that come in. I have met some of the best people here, and when I got married I had both staff and regulars come to the wedding. I have never worked in a place where I can be myself and it's OK to do that. I have two little girls, and for both pregnancies they made sure to make it as easy going as possible and that is something that I will never forget. My Rio family knows who I am and they take their time to know me and my family, and that is something that is not found just anywhere. I love the managers and my fellow coworkers very much. I just wish to stay with the Rio for as long as I can because I don't think I would be able to find another place like this. This is family and I could not ask for a better one.”
Katy Gomez, Park Meadows Rio
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