Cafe Rio was founded in 1997 in St. George, Utah, by Steve and Tricia Stanley. The company operates a chain of Mexican inspired food.
In 2004, the company was purchased by a group of individuals and Apax Partners. In 2004, the company had 6 locations. Today, Cafe Rio has more than 120 locations in 12 states. Each location offers new recipes inspired by food from Southern Texas and Mexico. Food is made at each location from scratch, with red chili’s imported from Mexico and green chilies from Hatch, New Mexico.
Cafe Rio has won nearly a dozen awards, including the Best of City Search in 2005, 2006, and 2007, as well as winning Best Burrito award from City Weekly in 2004, 2005, and 2007.
Despite the pandemic and subsequent quarantine of 2020, Cafe Rio continues to open new locations, including a second location in Gilbert, Arizona, in July 2021.
Cafe Rio maintains a corporate office in Salt Lake City, Utah.