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About Us

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Joe Schlick opened El Rio in 1994, following the opening of Skamania Lodge Resort.  The restaurant has been a town staple and fav spot for locals and travelers for over 25 years.  In 2015 husband-and-wife team, Steve and Carly McKee bought El Rio.  El Rio still serves many long time favorite dishes, while also offering a mix of new variations. 


Our Story

Growing up and raising our kids in Stevenson have instilled value to our deep rooted connections within this community.  Prior to purchasing El Rio in 2015, Steve and Carly McKee worked in restaurants locally for over 30+ years combined.  We appreciate good service, good food and  gourmet cocktails, but what we love most are the connections and relationships formed around the table.  We believe that some of the most valued time is time spent here with loved ones.  We strive to create an environment where people are safe, comfortable and “at home.” - S & C

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