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By Carrie Mossien

The Rio Colorado:
Authentic South-of-the-Border home cooking!

If you’ve got a hankering for some south of the border cooking, stop in at the newly remodeled Rio Colorado Restaurant. Under the new ownership and management of Alan Fogg, The Rio is celebrating its first anniversary in April and is anxious for everyone to get a taste of the “new” Rio!

The restaurant has been a long time favorite in Moab for over a decade. Alan, who owns, operates and manages the restaurant plans to keep it that way.

“I’m committed to making the Rio a place where everyone can enjoy the food and the atmosphere. We’ve built a glass wall to separate the dining area from the bar area, so people can enjoy a quiet, smoke-free dinner. We also have outdoor balcony dining, which gives people great views of the red rock cliffs,” explains Alan.

Alan is particularly interested in keeping their faithful local following. Fogg says he likes to think of the Rio as a local favorite that happily welcomes visitors from all over the world.

“That’s one of the great things about the Rio. You can come in and have a beer or dinner and have the opportunity to get to know people from Moab – or around the world!” Alan has introduced a new menu at the “new and improved” Rio.

“All of these recipes go way back to my childhood. I grew up in a small, Mexican neighborhood in Denver. My friends and their fathers and mothers taught me how to cook. Everything at the Rio is made from scratch including the refried beans, the chile sauces and salsas. We have a few southwestern items still on the menu, but I’d say our cuisine is authentically Mexican,” says the proud owner.
Not only is Alan the owner, he is the part of the culinary staff at the Rio.

“I come in and make all the foods and all the sauces. The staff puts them together and serves them to our customers, who can’t seem to get enough,” says Alan.

Alan’s green chile sauce took first place at the Grand County Fair and his red chile sauce took second place. It seems Alan has found his niche in the world. Recently retired from UPS he gave up city life and the steady rhythm of a nine to five job to move to Moab and become a restaurateur and bar owner. The Rio is not only a family restaurant, it is a private club where guests may enjoy a full range of cocktails, domestic and foreign beers, and regional brew pub labels along with wine. In order to purchase alcohol at a private club, you need to be a member or be sponsored by a member. While this may sound complicated, Utah bars have learned to accommodate out-of-town guests while remaining within the state’s liquor laws.

The dining room is open for dinner from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Wednesday and Thursday nights are karaoke night and on weekends there is live music and dancing. Reservations are not required for dinner. Alan is eager that locals and visitors to Moab get a taste of his authentic Mexican cuisine.
“Once you come here to eat, you’ll be hooked!” says Alan. If the satisfaction of the cook and owner is any indication, everybody will leave the Rio Colorado with a full, happy belly!

The Rio Colorado is located one block west of Main on Center Street (2 South 100 West). Call 259-6666 for take-out or to inquire about who’s playing at Club Rio tonight and be sure to mention you read about it in “Moab Happenings”.

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