The long-rumored return of Rio Bravo is actually going to happen. The Tex-Mex restaurant, which will be called Ray's Rio Bravo, is taking over the space vacated by Peter Chang's Tasty China II, per Tomorrow's News Today.
UPDATE: Owner Ray Schoenbaum confirmed the news in a release.
"Everyone over the years has always said, ‘why don't you bring it back, I remember going there when we were kids,' and I'm thrilled to do that," said Schoenbaum. "I'm sorry I ever sold it, but now I am very excited to bring back the original Rio Bravo concept, giving everyone exactly what they know and love about Rio Bravo."
The original Rio Bravo franchise, which was started by Schoenbaum in 1989, had shuttered all locations by 2002. Over the summer, Schoenbaum, who also owns Ray's on the River, Ray's at Killer Creek, and Ray's in the City, launched Ray's Rio Bravo Catering, bringing back some of his original Tex-Mex fare. That move sparked rumors that Rio Bravo would finally be making a comeback.
The menu will feature classic Rio Bravo dishes and recipes, including fajita platters, cheese dip, and guacamole, and a selection of margaritas should help wash it all down. And yes, "the Machino" will be back in business making fresh tortillas.
Ray's Rio Bravo, opening at 6450 Powers Ferry Road in Sandy Springs, hopes to launch by May 5, 2015, just in time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.