Cafe Rio officials would never dream of changing the sweet Barbacoa pork or the cilantro lime rice. But they are changing the interior look of the popular Utah-based fast-casual Mexican restaurant.
Diners can see an example of the brighter, sleeker design on Wednesday, April 15, when the company's newest store opens at 6973 S. 1300 East in Cottonwood Heights. Gov. Gary Herbert and Cottonwood Heights Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore will be at the store at 8 a.m. followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m.
The new store will replace an older Cafe Rio at 6985 Park Centre Drive.
Once the new store is up and running, Cafe Rio will "spend the next three or four years transitioning" all of its 80 locations to the new look, said Ben Craner, chief marketing officer.