Seasonal Riverside Grill Set to Open for the 2012 Colorado Whitewater Rafting Season

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The River Runners Riverside Grill serves up its seventh season on the Arkansas River with fresh Baja-style cuisine, handmade drinks and a unique Colorado dining experience.

We want to offer a fun, unique and family-friendly dining experience,” Donaldson explained. “In addition to a great atmosphere, our food and drinks are prepared fresh daily using the most quality ingredients available

River Runners, a Colorado whitewater rafting company with two locations on the Arkansas River, will open its seasonal Riverside Grill south of Buena Vista, CO this Saturday, May 19, 2012 and will remain open through Sunday, August 19, 2012.

The Riverside Grill offers order-up service with fresh Baja-style cuisine and seating along the Arkansas River. Improvements are being made for the 2012 whitewater rafting season that will include an expanded lower patio, a riverside sand box for children and renovated horse-shoe pits, according to Stacey Donaldson, co-owner of the Riverside Grill.

“We want to offer a fun, unique and family-friendly dining experience,” Donaldson explained. “In addition to a great atmosphere, our food and drinks are prepared fresh daily using the most quality ingredients available.”

Donaldson said the grill will feature two new menu items this rafting season that break away from the strictly Baja-style menu that has been offered in the past. This includes a buffalo jalapeno cheddar bratwurst and a macaroni and cheese hot dog.

“The grill has gained a loyal local following through the years, so we added a couple of items to the menu to mix it up for regulars,” Donaldson explained. “This will provide more options for our rafting guests as well, who account for a significant portion of our business.”

The full menu will return from this past season including the carne asada burrito, fish and chicken tacos, cheese and chicken quesadilla and chips and salsa. Donaldson said the bar will again offer local micro brews from Eddy Line Brewery, ‘legendary’ River Rummers and hand-made margaritas. Other beverage options include natural sodas and ice tea.

According to Kevin Meadows, co-owner of River Runners and the Riverside Grill, the Arkansas River offers world-class whitewater rafting and kayaking. He said the river becomes relatively calm for the few miles before and after The Riverside Grill, which provides a great place to learn how to kayak, SUP board or enjoy a casual float and that Browns Canyon– a popular class III run – is just a few miles downriver.
“This is one of the few places where you can paddle world-class whitewater then eddy out for fish tacos and margaritas,” Meadows said. “It truly is a special place and I think everyone who comes here realizes that right away.”

Meadows encourages people to drink responsibly and to be respectful of other guests, but more importantly to just relax and have fun. He said the River Runners property also features three group campsites that range from $40- $50 per night and accommodate between 15-20 campers. Each site includes a fire pit, picnic tables and use of hot showers, bathrooms, a sand volleyball court, and horseshoe pits. Meadows said the entire campground can be reserved for $140 per night and can accommodate up to 60 people, however, reservations should be made well in advance.

The Riverside Grill first opened in May 2006 and has been open for every Arkansas River rafting season since.

River Runners operates whitewater rafting trips on the Arkansas River in Buena Vista and Canon City, CO. To learn more about river rafting adventures with River Runners log on to http://www.whitewater.net or call 1-800-723-8987.

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