Café Rio Mexican Grill

A Bright Idea

America is sweet on citrus—even the sour varieties.

Restaurant operators and chefs are increasingly using
oranges, lemons, limes, and other citrus items to liven up their menus with a fresh taste.

If there’s one word that seems to sum up citrus’ taste profile, it’s bright.

“Citrus is incredibly popular because it is so aromatic and has those bright and fresh notes,” says Kevan Vetter, executive chef and manager of culinary product development for seasoning giant McCormick & Co. “It really gives you a pop.”

Cafe Rio Continues to Open Stores, Add Jobs

While most industries are stagnant or growing at a slow pace, Cafe Rio Mexican Grill has taken the opposite route by continually expanding, adding jobs and soaring in an otherwise tepid marketplace. Cafe Rio is scheduled to open its seventh California restaurant on January 10 in Redlands. In the past 18 months, Cafe Rio has added Lake Forest, Manhattan Beach, Costa Mesa, Tustin, Oxnard, and, most recently, Lakewood to its California locations, and approximately 280 jobs to the marketplace.

Assault on Casual

From his Colorado office, Boston Market CEO Lane Cardwell is targeting some free agents—dining free agents, that is.

“There are some customers out there open to where they’ll be eating, and Boston Market is happy to capture that business,” Cardwell says.

Cardwell is referring specifically to the significant chunk of diners who are in limbo after the recession and were forced to trade down for price’s sake.