Local restauranteurs, the Keller family, bring their latest creation to The River in Rancho Mirage

The River at Rancho Mirage announced today that Acqua California Bistro at The River, a restaurant created by local industry veterans, the Keller family, will open in the shopping center this winter. Acqua California Bistro will be located in the space once occupied by the Kellers’ first restaurant, Acqua Pazza, and most recently by B.B.’s at The River.

“We are very excited to welcome Acqua California Bistro into our mix of retail shopping, dining and entertainment experiences, and of course, to welcome the Keller family back to Rancho Mirage,” said Ungar Kung, principal at CL Asset Management, owners’ representative of The River. “Acqua Pazza was an important destination restaurant during the first 15 years or so in The River’s history. I am confident that the Kellers will bring the same energy and excitement back to this location with their new Acqua California Bistro.”

Acqua California Bistro is the second restaurant to announce plans to open at the center. Fox and Fiddle, a Canada-based pub-style restaurant will also open this winter in the space formerly occupied by Sam’s Sushi.

The Kellers are also the creators and owners of Lulu California Bistro, which is often credited for being an integral part of the revitalized energy along Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. Lulu celebrated its five year anniversary last month.


“There’s not a day that goes by when we meet someone who misses our first restaurant at The River,” says Jerry Keller. “Our customers have asked us to come back to Rancho Mirage and we will this winter with Acqua California Bistro.”

The River at Rancho Mirage is just minutes away from most desert communities, resorts and hotels. This premier shopping, dining, and entertainment destination offers an extraordinary line-up of restaurants like Babe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewhouse, Baja Fresh, The Cheesecake Factory, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Fleming’s Steak House, Gioia Italian Bistro, P.F. Chang’s, Starbucks, Yard House and more, with Acqua California Bistro and Fox and Fiddle opening this winter; beautiful boutiques and The Century Theatres at The River, which is currently adding luxury loungers to all of its theatres this fall.

Most recently, The River announced that an ice skating rink called “The Rink at the River” will debut on November 22nd, and be open through January 8, 2017, with a grand Holiday Spectacular and tree lighting on November 29th. Ice skating will be available daily under the desert’s bright skies and every evening under the stars with local entertainment, including bands and DJ’s, scheduled to provide holiday music to accompany most skating sessions. The Holiday Spectacular and tree lighting at The River will include an ice-skating Santa, seasonal entertainment and special surprise guests.

Envisioned by CV 104.3’s Jimi “Fitz” Fitzgerald, who is also producing a fall music series for The River, The Rink at the River and the Holiday Spectacular are the very first seasonal events planned for the mid-valley shopping center on this scale. “This is a tremendous opportunity to reach all communities of the Coachella Valley with this centrally-located, mid-valley ice rink,” says Fitzgerald. “Presenting sponsors of The Rink at The River is the FIRST ALERT WEATHER TEAM. Chief Meteorologists Patrick Evans of CBS Local 2 NEWS and Haley Clawson of KESQ NEWS CHANNEL 3 are very excited about the opportunities The Rink will bring to our Valley.”

Details on The Rink at The River, such as hours of operation, pricing, and general information will be available on The River’s website at TheRiveratRanchoMirage.com and on The River’s Facebook page in the coming weeks.