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Restaurant chain closes Mexican grill on South Hill

Cafe Rio Mexican Grill has closed its South Hill location.

The eatery became the fourth Washington state Cafe Rio location when it opened Feb. 25, 2015.

Its last day was Nov. 29.

“Cafe Rio wants to thank our local fans in the South Hill community,” spokeswoman Jennifer Burns said in an email this week.

“Over the last several months we’ve found that residents of the Spokane region were being spread between our South Hill and Spokane Valley Cafe Rio locations resulting in sales volumes under national average,” Burns said. “We found that most customers frequented the Spokane Valley restaurant and therefore left it open while closing the South Hill location.”

Headquartered in Salt Lake City and founded in 1997, Café Rio owns and operates 85 locations. It’s known for its “no microwaves and no freezers” policy as well as a menu inspired by the cooking of the Rio Grande region of Northern Mexico, Southern Texas and New Mexico.

The restaurant chain’s other Washington locations are in Spokane Valley, Lynnwood, Kent and Federal Way. The South Hill location was at 4911 S. Regal St.

The Wenatchee location has also closed.

Regional locations are in Coeur d’Alene, Boise and Missoula.

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