2010.08.30 Rio Update: New Management & Menu
Steppin Style Dancing 1st & 3d Thur

2010.08.30 Rio Update -- as we understand:
On August 1, Mr. Tak Yoon, owner of Rio Restaurant and Lounge (aka "Rio Lounge"), 13501 Baltimore Ave at Contee Rd, in Prince George's County immediately adjacent to South Laurel, hired a new Business Manager, Mr. Amit Patel, and a new Marketing Manager, Mr. Vincent (Vito) Catlett. Mr. Patel is the owner of the recently closed Side Pockets Bar & Grill (904 Fairlawn Avenue) in the Laurel Shopping Center (behind Books-A-Million). Mr. Catlett is also from Side Pockets.

On Aug 10, at their request, Mr. Patel and Mr. Catlett met with the Pastor of the adjacent Touch of Love Bible Church, and a few other South Laurel community leaders who could quickly fit the Pastor's schedule. Mr. Patel and Mr. Catlett expressed their sincere intent to operate an "upscale" business for "mature clientèle" (mainly ages 25-55). We expressed the community's expectation  that they operate fully within the conditions of Rio's occupancy permit and liquor license, which were established to ensure peace and safety at that historically violent location. Mr. Patel and Catlett gave assurances that they would definitely operate in compliance. For example, they said that recently, on the first night they posted and enforced their new dress code, they had to turn away about 100 people (mostly former Side Pockets customers, many of whom came back later and passed the dress code). A public hearing is scheduled on December 8 to review Rio's liquor license conditions.

Meanwhile, Rio has launched a strategy to increase dinner customers in the early evening hours, with a new menu and with dinner-oriented events during Happy Hour (3 pm - 8 pm). Those Happy Hour events have included a successful networking dinner on July 27 with 150 business professionals attending, and new twice-a-month "Steppin" style dancing and dinner. See the following event flyer being distributed by Rio.

13501 Baltimore Avenue, Laurel MD. 20707 TEL (410) 813-2020

Rio’s Lounge Presents…
Steppin Chicago Style Happy Hour
Everyone Welcome
Every 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month starting @ 5pm!

LIVE DJ playing all your Favorite Steppin Tunes to Step to!

This event is catered for Mature Clientele. Calling all DMV Area STEPPERS!!!

Drink Specials
Happy Hour 3p-8p 
$2 Domestic Drafts; $3 Mixed Rails; $4 Long Island Ice Tea and now
$6 Top Shelf (excludes VSOP’s, Privileges & 1738 brands) 
5pm – 8pm
 .50 CENT Steamed Shrimp (minimum 12- dine in only)
Buy Any 1 Bottle Wine, Get 2nd Bottle of equal value or less 
1/2 priced!!!