Brazilian Fogo de Chao expands Dallas footprint with new restaurant
Dallas-based Fogo de Chão, the churrascuria-style restaurant originally from Brazil, is opening a new location in the Dallas area. According to a release, the chain will open a restaurant in North Irving, at Cypress Waters, the 1,000-acre master-planned development at the corner of Ranch Trail and LBJ Freeway.
Located along the shores of North Lake within Cypress Waters — the 1,000-acre waterfront dining, retail, and entertainment destination from Billingsley Co. — the restaurant is slated to open at 3080 Ranch Trail later this year.
Fogo has been headquartered in Dallas since the opening of its first U.S. location in Addison in 1997.
North Irving was considered an ideal location due to its thriving business sector, including numerous corporate headquarters and a bustling convention center, attracting both visitors and residents. The location will comprise 8,500 square feet and showcase a recent brand transformation, including an expansive dining room centered around an open-air churrasco grill, with views of gaucho chefs butchering, hand carving, and grilling meats over an open flame.
Meats are served tableside, carved by gaucho chefs. There are also dry-aged and Wagyu cuts, seafood a la carte, All-Day Happy Hour, a South American wine list, and a menu of smaller, sharable plates in Bar Fogo.
A white Carrera marble Market Table anchored at the front of the grill features a trademark salad bar with salads, cured meats, and antipasti.
Dry-aged meat lockers for in-house aging will display indulgent cuts such as a 32-ounce Long-Bone Tomahawk Ribeye, aged for a minimum of 42 days.
North Irving will be the fourth location in DFW, following Addison, Uptown, and Plano, which are open for weekday lunch, weekend Brazilian brunch, Bar Fogo, group and private dining, plus to-go and butcher shop options.
"Since opening our first U.S. restaurant in Addison 26 years ago, the Dallas community has warmly welcomed our brand and our authentic dining experience," says Fogo de Chao CEO Barry McGowan in a statement. "Our founders expanding the brand from Brazil to Dallas in 1997 was no small feat and our success in the U.S. has laid the foundation for our global growth ever since. We’re excited to continue our expansion in the DFW area with a new location in North Irving and aim to give our guests the same experience of discovery that they have come to know us for in a new, elevated setting."
Lucy Burns, Partner at Billingsley Co. adds, “We are delighted that Fogo de Chão has chosen Cypress Waters to further enhance its robust presence in North Texas. The introduction of Fogo de Chão's immersive dining experience is a remarkable and invaluable addition to the Waterfront development.”
Fogo has opened or signed on 12 new domestic and international leases including Quito, Ecuador; Lynnwood, Washington; National Harbor, Maryland; Woodland Hills, California; and Paramus, New Jersey, as well as plans to enter Turkey and Bolivia.