RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -

The River at Rancho Mirage announced 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.

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."


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.

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."