San Diego Business Journal

Brazilian Steakhouse Fogo de Chao Debuts Aug. 29 in Gaslamp Quarter

Monday, August 19, 2013

Fogo de Chao, a Dallas-based chain of Southern Brazilian-style steakhouses, plans an Aug. 29 opening for its newest restaurant in the Gaslamp Quarter.

The company’s 20th U.S. restaurant is located on the first floor of the building that formerly housed a Borders bookstore, at 668 Sixth Ave. The 12,000-square-foot restaurant has a new entry canopy with a sign reflecting the style of historic theaters and hotels in the neighborhood.

The eatery also has a bar and a glass-enclosed wine room, along with murals depicting Southern Brazilian culture and that region’s gaucho (cowboy) lifestyle. The restaurant has seating for 350, with five private and semiprivate dining rooms for group events.

Fogo de Chao was founded in 1979 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and expanded into the U.S. in 1997. It now has 28 restaurants worldwide, where “gaucho chefs” prepare and serve 16 cuts of beef, lamb, chicken and pork.

Guests use a double-sided disk to signal to servers that they are ready for additional selections.

— SDBJ Staff Report