Texas de Brazil Express, the more casual concept from churrascaria Texas de Brazil, has closed, as confirmed by spokesperson Candyce Hedlund. "That did close last week," she said.
The Express opened in Preston Center in 2009 as a fast-food version of the churrascaria, with an abbreviated menu of salads and sandwiches made from some of the restaurant's array of skewered meats. Most of the sandwiches, including pork, chicken and Brazilian sausage, were $6.95. For non-meat-eaters, the restaurant also offered a jasmine rice bowl.
Lunch business at the restaurant was good, but dinner was a challenge, Hedlund said.
"That neighborhood is great for lunch traffic, but the dinner traffic is not there," she said. "That was always more like a test location, to test out concept and see what direction we wanted to take it. We were only leasing that space so we don't know what will go in there. Meanwhile, we'll consider if we want to expand the Express outside Dallas."
The original Texas de Brazil opened in 1998 in Addison, and more are on the way, Hedlund said.
"We're still opening three more this year for Texas de Brazil, with another four to five in 2014," she said. "There's still an aggressive growth path for that."