The Rio Bravo comeback story has reached its conclusion. Restaurateur Ray Schoenbaum relaunched his beloved Tex-Mex brand with a new Sandy Springs restaurant in August 2015. Now, Ray’s Rio Bravo has shuttered for good.
“After careful consideration, we have decided to close Ray’s Rio Bravo, effective February 15,” Schoenbaum said in a statement provided to Eater Atlanta. “We are incredibly appreciative of the support of our guests and the hard work of our staff. We are making every effort to relocate our employees to one of our other locations and are also providing severance.”
Schoenbaum first launched Rio Bravo in 1989, and he expanded with several locations throughout the Southeast. By 2002, all of the chain’s restaurants had closed. Schoenbaum announced his plans for a reboot in November 2014, saying longtime fans had been clamoring for Rio Bravo’s return.
Schoenbaum continues to operate Ray’s in the City, Ray’s on the River, and Ray’s at Killer Creek. He says the Rio Bravo restaurant space, located at 6450 Powers Ferry Rd., will be available for parties, events, and catering “for now.”