About El Rio

at Ei Rio!

Welcome to El Rio! My name is Jim Bassett and my wife is Mickey, and we are the owners of El Rio and American Heroes Deli, in the heart of Bellevue. Married for 40 years and running a business together for 25 years it’s no secret that we are very passionate about our work. My daughter Micole is keeping up the family business alongside us both.

We opened the sandwich shop in 1992 in the building that is now the El Rio location. We stayed at that location for 19 years and we opened the new American Heroes Deli on Galvin Road. This was confusing people for quite some time.

Claudia, the amazing chef at El Rio, has been working for us for over four years. She was born and raised in El Salvador with a family of 12 children always cooking for everyone in her family. Claudia started making papusas once a week and selling them at the deli. They were a complete hit!

From there, El Rio was born. Originally named “Claudia’s Papusa Palace”, Claudia has no formal training and all the El Salvadorian food is made from scratch and cooked over an open fire on rocks. This is the most authentic El Salvadorian food you can get!

you can find us

you can find us

El Rio 1103 Galvin Road Bellevue, Ne 68005

contact us

contact us

Hours of Operation : TUE Wed Thurs 12-7
Hours of Operation : Thursday 11-9
Hours of Operation : Friday 11am – 9pm
Hours of Operation : Sat 11- 4

For groups of 8 or more you can call 402-502-8004 to set up reservation