Cafe Rio

Cafe Rio is opening its latest Mexican restaurant in Goodyear. 

Alert to Mexican food fans (and that means just about everybody):

Cafe Rio Mexican Grill is scheduled to open Jan. 8 at 13837 W. McDowell Avenue, Goodyear.

This is in the former Carl’s Jr./Green Burrito between Target and the FirstBank at the corner of North Litchfield Road. Palm Valley, to locals.

Cafe Rio, which has 10 locations (including Avondale) around the Valley, features recipes and traditional cooking of the Rio Grande region. The new location also has a drive-through window.

“Amid all the stores around there, we will give shoppers another option for a casual lunch,” said Brittany Squiers, a spokeswoman for Cafe Rio. “The drive-through could be a differentiator, making the dining experience faster so they can get on to their next destination.”

Friday’s daily special at the Avondale location was tacos, but with a twist: “Fire-grilled salmon on fresh, handmade flour tortillas, topped with tomatillo dressing, shredded romaine lettuce, cilantro and fresh lime.” 

Cafe Rio says its mantra of “fresh-made food, every day.”

As the website says, “Fresh-delivered produce, that’s the Cafe Rio difference, amigo. A difference you can taste in every bite.”

“We know the area and consider it an emerging market for us,” Squiers said. “The kind of clientele we can attract [at Palm Valley Pavilion] are the folks we want.” 

She added Cafe Rio will employ approximately 45 people in the new restaurant.

The background: Steve and Patricia Stanley started Cafe Rio in St. George, Utah, in 1997. They grew the company to six locations by 2004, when Bob Nilsen purchased the small chain. Today Cafe Rio has more than 125 locations.

Cafe Rio has won more than 100 awards, including the Oxnard Salsa Festival and the Alfred P. Sloan Award.

For more information visit caferio.com. 

•If you drive the back way to get onto the Loop 303, you might notice even more construction going on at PV 303, the massive industrial complex on what can be called the west side of the west side.

A review of what is going on there:

HD Supply Construction & Industrial White Cap launched Dec. 16 in PV 303 with a brand-new, 50,000-square-foot White Cap branch. White Cap will hire a few dozen at the 16851 W. Camelback Road location.

Daimler Trucks North America is hiring around 50 workers for a 14,000-acre parts distribution center. Daimler Trucks North America manufactures Freightliner and Western Star semi-trucks.

The facility, which opened in November,  will be used for the storage and distribution of truck parts.

The Ball Metal Beverage Container Corp. purchased 29 acres in PV303 at  West Montecito Avenue and North Cotton Lane. Ball has constructed a 500,000-square-foot building, creating 130 jobs.

The biggest player at PV 303, in terms of jobs, is muscular UPS, hiring some 1,500 workers.

Dick’s Sporting Goods, REI and Sub-Zero are all setting up shop in PV 303.

Stay tuned for more news on what we can call (with a nod to the area’s history) an industrial farm.

As PV 303’s website states, “At final buildout, the 1,600 acre PV|303 will be one of the largest business parks in the southwest.”

A little farther south of PV 303, fairlife will be setting up shop at Cotton Lane and Thomas Road. Fairlife is building a 300,000 square-foot production and distribution facility and plans to hire 186 workers.

Fairlife produces multiple varieties of dairy-based beverages.  

The new $200 million facility is scheduled to begin operation in the last quarter of this year.

•With all the projects launching or preparing to go, it's no surprise that the city of Goodyear is hiring a construction inspector.

According to the ad, "This is a temporary position that is eligible for medical benefits. Starting hourly rate: $18.71.

"The temporary Construction Inspector I will assist senior level Construction Inspectors with performing testing and inspection of construction related to grading and drainage, water, sewer, storm drain, dry utilities, concrete, paving, traffic control, and landscaping."

    With Spring Training on the way, Goodyear is also hiring Event Services staff who, "will provide general operational and patron assistance for events and activities at Goodyear Ballpark and Recreational Complex.  Responsibilities may include event preparation and break down, implementation of ground rules and policies, monitor and greet patrons, perform bag inspections" and other duties. The pay is $12 per hour.

     To apply for those or to see many other open positions, click on the "careers" link at the bottom of goodyearaz.gov.