Shumacher Represents Rio Bravo in Return to Atlanta

by Steven Josovitz

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The fiesta returns! Fans of the former Rio Bravo rejoice as Ray Schoenbaum, original owner of Rio Bravo and founder of Ray’s Restaurants, announces he will open a Ray’s Rio Bravo in Sandy Springs in the former Peter Chang’s space (6450 Powers Ferry Road)  by Cinco de Mayo 2015. Schoenbaum made the decision to open the restaurant after high demand from customers requesting the return of the restaurant’s iconic dishes.  Harold Shumacher, president of The Shumacher Group, Inc. represented Rio Bravo in the transaction.

“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 restaurant plans to be a perfect return of the former restaurant, providing fans with the same dishes that helped launch the restaurant into popularity more than 30 years ago. Among the coveted returning items are the fajita platters made with freshly prepared tortillas created on “The Machino,” the famous tortilla press. Guests can expect the same recipe for the cheese dip, guacamole and other traditional Rio Bravo dishes.

The original recipes and in-house prepared items were a large component of the success of Rio Bravo. Schoenbaum confirms the new restaurant will continue the tradition of creating high-end Mexican cuisine with ingredients all prepared from scratch.

In addition to its full lunch and dinner menus, Ray’s Rio Bravo will also feature a selection of special margaritas, including seasonal fruit flavors like strawberry, blackberries and kiwi.

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