Fogo de Chão – pronounced fo-go dèe shoun – the authentic steakhouse that originated in Rio Grande do Sul, Southern Brazil, today announced that it will open its doors to the public in Denver on Thursday, July 23. Fogo de Chão offers a dining experience like no other featuring delectably slow-roasted meats prepared by a team of Brazilian-trained churrasqueiros or Gaucho chefs; impeccable service; an award-winning wine list; and a gourmet salad and sides bar. The restaurant is located in the heart of the Lower Downtown Historic District (LoDo) at 1513 Wynkoop St. and will be open for dinner every night. Starting Monday, Aug. 3, the restaurant will also begin serving lunch Monday through Friday. Reservations can be booked now by calling 303-623-9600 or by visiting www.fogo.com.
The Fogo de Chão dining experience is based on the centuries-old Gaucho tradition known as churrasco, the Gaucho way of roasting meats over pits of open fire. Operating under the unique service concept of espeto corrido, which translates from Portuguese to “continuous service,” Fogo Denver’s team of Brazilian-trained Gaucho chefs will present and slice 15 signature cuts of meat tableside from roasting skewers under the direction of executive chef and general manager Nelson Piccini. Piccini, who grew up following the Gaucho lifestyle on a farm in Southern Brazil, has worked with Fogo de Chão for 18 years.
“We’re thrilled to offer Denver the opportunity to experience our rich, Gaucho traditions through the opening of our Denver Fogo de Chão, and we’re confident Nelson will ensure an authentic experience for all our guests,” said Jair Coser, who co-founded the company with his brother, Arri, in their native Brazil 30 years ago. “We believe that the Denver community will enjoy and crave our 15 cuts of beef, pork, lamb and chicken roasted slowly over a signature churrasqueira grill by our Brazilian-trained Gaucho chefs.”
One of the most popular cuts of meat served at Fogo de Chão is the house specialty picanha, a prime cut of top sirloin that is roasted slowly to create a succulent taste and texture and completed with a sea salt seasoning or flavored with garlic. Also popular is the filet mignon, cut from the tenderloin and seasoned to perfection. The filet mignon will also be served wrapped in bacon.
While the meats take center stage at Fogo de Chão, the restaurant is also acclaimed for its gourmet salad and sides bar featuring more than 30 items like smoked salmon, sun-dried tomatoes, hearts of palm, tabbouleh salad, jumbo asparagus, cured meats, artisan breads and imported cheeses. The restaurant also boasts a drink menu featuring authentic Brazilian beverages like the Caipirinha and an award-winning, 200 plus label wine list. Lastly, guests are invited to complete their meal with one of Fogo de Chão’s decadent desserts, including the restaurant’s signature Papaya Cream, made with fresh papaya, vanilla ice cream and Crème de Cassis liqueur.
Fogo de Chão will enchant guests with a prix-fixe menu that allows them to sample the entire menu, including all of the meats and the salad and sides bar, or just focus on their favorite items. Guests also control the pace of their meal by flipping small cards between green (more food, please!) and red (I’m on a break now). Dinner will be offered to guests seven days a week at $38.50 (meats and the salad and sides bar)/$19.50 (salad and sides bar only). In addition, the Denver Fogo de Chão will start serving lunch Monday through Friday on Aug. 3, and the price of lunch will be $24.50 (meats and the salad and sides bar)/$19.50 (salad and sides bar only).
The hospitable and inviting ambiance of Fogo de Chão in Denver will be characterized by rich cherry and mahogany wood colors, as well as imported Brazilian slate, which impart a traditional feeling similar to
Fogo de Chão restaurants in their native Brazil. Upon entering the restaurant, patrons will be welcomed by a stone-clad, oversized fireplace that will set the tone for the comfortable atmosphere. The fireplace also will be visible from the dining room. The salad bar will be fashioned after a grand kitchen table of the ancestors, and large colorful wall murals will display scenes of the Gaucho culture and lifestyle. Lastly, a prominent, glass-enclosed wine cellar and a black walnut wine rack stretching throughout the restaurant will offer patrons a view of the award-winning wine selection.
Fogo de Chão has received numerous accolades since opening its first restaurant in the United States in 1997. Named one of America’s top restaurants by the Zagat Survey, Fogo de Chão has topped critics’ lists in locations such as Atlanta, Dallas, Miami, Beverly Hills and Chicago. Nation’s Restaurant News honored the restaurant with its Hot! Concepts Award in 2003, and Wine Spectator Magazine has presented Fogo de Chão with its Award of Excellence for the past seven years.
Internationally renowned as the premier Brazilian steakhouse, Fogo de Chão has six locations in Brazil, including Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Salvador and three restaurants in São Paulo, in addition to 14 U.S. locations.