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Café Rio Expands with Five New Phoenix-Area Restaurant Locations

JLL completes multiple new leases for fast casual restaurant

PHOENIX, December 14, 2016 – The Phoenix office of JLL has completed five new leases for Café Rio, expanding the fast casual Southwestern-style restaurant into multiple new locations across the metro Phoenix market. The new restaurants have opening dates ranging from October 2016 to summer 2017.

JLL Senior Vice President Tyson Switzenberg represented Café Rio in the lease negotiations, which include:

  • 4095 S. Gilbert Rd. (at Ocotillo Rd.) – 2,670 square feet, opened Oct. 20.
  • 4747 E. Cactus Rd. (at Tatum Blvd.) – 2,501 square feet, opened Nov. 10.
  • 5150 S. Rural Rd. (at Baseline Rd.) – 2,785 square feet, scheduled to open this month.
  • 7439 W. Bell Rd. (at 75th Ave.) – 2,000 square feet, scheduled to open Summer 2017
  • 2748 S. Signal Butte Rd. (at Guadalupe Rd.) – 2,880 square feet, scheduled to open Summer 2017

"Phoenix ranks among the nation's hottest markets for quick serve restaurants," said Switzenberg. "Café Rio has been rapidly expanding in Phoenix due to the success of their existing stores in the marketplace – all of these are end-cap spaces within strong regional or neighborhood trade areas, and include strong traffic patterns, a strong surrounding retailer base and great visibility. These properties have helped Café Rio realize its 2016 Phoenix-area expansion plans, which it expects to continue in 2017 and beyond."

According to JLL, metro Phoenix boasts 93 quick serve restaurants per 100,000 residents, placing it fourth on the company's list of "Top 10 Best Large Markets for Quick-Service Restaurant (QSR) Expansion," with a density of QSR uses that ranks just behind Nashville, Houston and Washington D.C.

Based in Salt Lake City, Café Rio is a fast casual Mexican restaurant with made-from-scratch recipes inspired by the traditional cooking and high quality ingredients found in the Rio Grande Region of Northern Mexico, Southern Texas and New Mexico. The company operates more than 100 U.S. locations across 10 states, including 13 locations in metro Phoenix.

About JLL
JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate. JLL is a Fortune 500 company with, as of December 31, 2015, revenue of $6.0 billion and fee revenue of $5.2 billion, more than 280 corporate offices, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of more than 70,000.  On behalf of its clients, the company provides management and real estate outsourcing services for a property portfolio of 4.0 billion square feet, or 372 million square meters, and completed $138 billion in sales, acquisitions and finance transactions in 2015. As of September 30, 2016, its investment management business, LaSalle Investment Management, has $59.7 billion of real estate assets under management. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated.

In Phoenix, JLL is a market leader employing more than 540 of the region's most recognized industry experts offering office, industrial and retail brokerage, tenant representation, facility and investment management, capital markets, multifamily investments and development services. In 2015, the Phoenix team completed 17.2 million square feet in lease and sale transactions valued at $930 million, directed $125 million in project management and currently manages a 16.4 million-square-foot portfolio. For more news, videos and research resources on Jones Lang LaSalle, please visit or