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Ray's Rio Bravo Plans for Early-August Opening; Get a Preview July 30

The Tex-Mex restaurant is making a comeback.

Rio Bravo, the once-thriving local Tex-Mex chain that shuttered its last location in 2002, is closing in on its reopening date. The restaurant, now dubbed Ray's Rio Bravo, is taking over the former Tasty China II space at 6450 Powers Ferry Road NW in Sandy Springs, and PR confirms its aiming to begin service in early August. But first, hungry Atlantans filled with anticipation can get a sneak peek on Thursday, July 30.

From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Rio Bravo will host a Fiesta for Wishes, a dinner to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Make-A-Wish Georgia. Tickets are $25 per person and include a buffet of tacos, fajitas, chips and salsa, chili con queso and tamales, and non-alcoholic beverages. And yes, the famous "Machino" tortilla press will be up and running. For anyone looking to get a little more festive, a cash bar with drink specials will be available, as well. Tickets are available online, and all proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish Georgia.

The original Rio Bravo franchise was started by local restaurateur Ray Schoenbaum in 1989. Schoenbaum also owns Ray's on the RiverRay's at Killer Creek, and Ray's in the City.