BOSTON, MA (October 10, 2012) - Award-winning Fogo de Chão (pronounced fo-go dèe shoun), an authentic Southern Brazilian steakhouse, will open its first Boston location on Friday, November 2nd. Fogo de Chão is conveniently located adjacent to Copley Place at the corner of Dartmouth and Huntington Streets in Boston’s historic Back Bay neighborhood. Based on the centuries-old gaucho tradition known as churrasco (the gaucho way of roasting meats over pits of open fire), Brazilian-trained churrasqueiros – or gaucho chefs – present and slice 16 signature cuts of meat tableside from roasting skewers under the direction of Head Gaucho Chef and General Manager, Leandro Benacchio.
DESIGN & SPACE:
Encompassing over 12,000 square feet in an expanded space situated on the first level of the Westin, Fogo de Chão’s new home by Copley Place boasts unparalleled views of Trinity Plaza, the scenic Back Bay neighborhood and the Boston Public Library. Fogo de Chão’s internal design team has led Shawmut Construction and Design in a major rehabilitation of the space that will soon boast scores of windows, imported Brazilian stone and slate, honey stained maple millwork, amber-hued chandeliers, burgundy-toned accent walls and custom wood grille ceiling features. A glass-encased 3,000 bottle wine cellar with custom oak rack displays serves as a focal point in the restaurant. Directly across the main dining room from the wine cellar are three custom decorative wine casks surrounded by a golden Brazilian stone. Fogo commissioned a well known local artisan to create a stunning three-panel stained glass window that can be viewed from both the atrium and one of the private dining rooms. The bar area features a lounge-type atmosphere where guests can enjoy a signature cocktail prior to entering the main dining spaces that seat 320 guests. Fogo de Chão features authentic Brazilian artwork depicting the traditional gaucho lifestyle. For meetings and special events, Fogo de Chão presents six separate private dining options that can accommodate between 8 and 130 people with the smallest of the areas doubling as a glass-encased speakeasy. Each private dining space has full A/V capabilities including: projection screens; wired and WiFi access; separate phone line; and, state-of-the-art sound systems. Fogo de Chão is accessible from three separate entrances: the main entrance, on Dartmouth Street; the side atrium entrance, through Copley Place at the corner of Dartmouth and Huntington Avenue; and, through the lobby of the Westin Copley Place.
Fogo guests can expect a culinary journey that allows patrons to taste more than 16 mouth-watering cuts of meat, a gourmet hot and cold salad bar and an array of traditional Brazilian sides. In Boston, Leandro Benacchio will lead a team of gaucho chefs as they prepare and serve delectable meats including beef, lamb, pork and chicken selections.
The unique concept at Fogo allows guests to dictate both the pace and the portions of their dining experience. Once seated, each guest receives a small double-sided chip which signals to the gaucho chefs, “I’m ready for the meats, please!” by presenting the green side up or, “I’m on a break now!” by presenting the red side up. In order to resume service, guests can simply display the green side again. This service concept is called espeto corrido, which translates from Portuguese to “continuous service.” Highlights from the menu include: Picanha (prime part of the sirloin, served seasoned with sea-salt or flavored with garlic); Filet Mignon (cut from the tenderloin, seasoned to perfection with the option of being wrapped in bacon); Cordeiro (fresh young leg of lamb sliced off the bone; tender lamb-chops also available); Costela De Porco (tender pork ribs, slow-roasted to perfection); and, Frango (a variety of cuts including tender chicken breasts wrapped in bacon; chicken legs also available). While the meats are the main focus of Fogo de Chão’s menu, the restaurant is also known for its gourmet salad and sides bar featuring more than 30 items such as smoked salmon, sun-dried tomatoes, hearts of palm, tabbouleh salad, jumbo asparagus, cured meats, artisan breads and imported cheeses. To complete the dining experience, Fogo’s decadent dessert menu includes the restaurant’s signature Papaya Cream, made with fresh papaya, vanilla ice cream and Crème de Cassis liqueur as well as South American Flan, Crème Brule, Turtle Cheesecake, Molten Chocolate Cake and Key Lime Pie.
Fogo de Chão’s dining experience is $28.50 per person for lunch and $46.50 per person for dinner which includes the gourmet hot and cold salad bar, continuous service of 16 cuts of fire-roasted meats carved tableside and traditional Brazilian side dishes. For guests interested in the gourmet hot and cold salad bar only, the price is $22.50 per person at both lunch and dinner. Children aged six to ten are half-priced and children under-six are complimentary. This pricing does not include beverages or desserts.
Fogo de Chão’s drink menu features authentic Brazilian beverages like an array of Caipirinhas made with cachaça alongside a dozen expertly crafted specialty martinis and cocktails. With an award-winning wine list that includes more than 200 labels, Fogo’s selections span the globe but also maintain a focus on exquisite South American wines from Chile and Argentina. The restaurant also features California sparkling wines, French champagne, Brazilian and domestic beers as well as Port and dessert wines to enjoy after dinner. For non-alcohol choices, Fogo de Chão offers Guaraná Brazilian soda or the creamy and refreshing Brazilian lemonade.
Fogo de Chão is located at 200 Dartmouth Street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. Fogo de Chão will be open for lunch on weekdays from 11:30am – 2:30pm and dinner from Monday to Thursday from 5:00pm – 10:00pm, Friday from 5:00pm – 10:30pm, Saturday from 4:30pm – 10:30pm and Sunday from 3:30pm – 9:00pm. Valet and street parking are available. For more information, please call 617.585.6300 or visit www.fogo.com.