Big news for fans of Mexican food — the popular fast-casual Cafe Rio Mexican Grill chain is going to open a location in Ashburn. The Burn has confirmed they will be one of the tenants in the new Ashbrook Marketplace shopping center planned for the intersection of Russell Branch Parkway and Ashburn Village Boulevard.

Cafe Rio is a Utah-based chain with roughly 120 locations in 12 states. The closest locations to Loudoun currently are in Chantilly and Manassas. The Cafe Rio menu is inspired by the Rio Grande region and pulls from the cuisines of northern Mexico, southern Texas and New Mexico.

As The Burn has reported previously (see stories here and here), Ashbrook Marketplace is a new shopping center going up immediately adjacent to the existing Ashbrook Commons center (where HomeGoods and AC Moore are located). The new shopping center will be anchored by a Lidl grocery store, the second location for Lidl in Ashburn.

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As far as a Cafe Rio timeline, no official word yet. But considering ground on the new center hasn’t been broken yet, it will certainly be 2019 at the earliest.

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