DFW’s Rio Mambo Tex Mex y Mas and THE RIM Scratch Craft Eats Acquired by California Co.

California-based Xperience Restaurant Group has acquired two restaurant brands from DFW-based RM Restaurant Group: Rio Mambo Tex Mex y Mas and THE RIM scratch craft eats, with locations in Fort Worth, Colleyville, Burleson, and Weatherford.

A California restaurant company has moved into North Texas with the acquisition of Rio Mambo Tex Mex y Mas and THE RIM scratch craft eats from RM Restaurant Group.

Cypress, California-based Xperience Restaurant Group is one of the nation’s leading operators of casual, polished casual, and fine dining Mexican restaurants.

“Xperience Restaurant Group is the right fit for us to continue our commitment to quality food and drinks,” RMRG founder Brent Johnson said. “Building and operating these restaurants has been a passion of mine for over 22 years and Randy Sharpe and his team share in my passion and are the right partners to keep the restaurants thriving.”

Terms of the deal were not released.

Randy Sharpe, CEO of XRG, said the acquisition welcomes a family business to its fold.

“We are honored to welcome founder Brent Johnson, and the Johnson family to our family of restauranteurs,” Sharpe said in a statement. “We look forward to continuing the rich legacy of the Rio Mambo and THE RIM restaurants and remaining highly engaged members of the communities in which they operate.”

Tex Mex and retro food with flair

With locations in Fort Worth, Colleyville, Burleson, and Weatherford, Rio Mambo Tex Mex y Mas offers a distinctive Tex-Mex menu and blended margaritas in a contemporary and relaxed atmosphere.

Known for offering a variety of Tex-Mex dishes, including gluten-free and low-fat options as well as its traditional Tex-Mex fare with a flair, Rio Mambo Tex Mex y Mas said it provides guests with quality service and builds relationships with the communities it serves.

THE RIM scratch crafts locations are in Fort Worth and Burleson and serve American retro food “with soul and a side of vibe,” the company said.

Offering homestyle-inspired eats and Texas-sized entrees, the concept is characterized by an eclectic interior with an elevated homestyle fare, the company said. The restaurants are known for a selection of craft brews served in a sports environment.

All locations operate in upscale, mixed-use, or new urban developments, and feature fully remodeled, vibrant, contemporary buildouts, the company said.

XRG said the acquisition of Rio Mambo Tex Mex y Mas and THE RIM scratch craft eats will add six restaurant locations to its roster. The company said it will continue its expansion to the East Coast later this year with the opening of SOL Mexican Cocina locations in New York City and Boston.

In addition to the six new locations acquired, XRG operates 68 restaurants throughout the United States, including its core and signature brands: El Torito, El Torito Grill, Chevys Fresh Mex, SOL Mexican Cocina, Solita Tacos & Margaritas, Acapulco, Las Brisas, Sinigual, and Who Song & Larry’s.

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