Fogo de Chão Opens on Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale

Fogo de Chão recently opened its first Fort Lauderdale location to provide locals with Southern Brazilian hospitality and innovative restaurant experiences. The eatery is located on the corner of Southeast Third Avenue and Las Olas Boulevard at The Main Las Olas, a 1.4 million-square-foot mixed-use office, residential and retail community. Fogo de Chão donated a portion of the first week’s sales to Feeding South Florida, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending hunger in the tri-county area.

The new location features an expansive 226-seat dining room centered around an open-air charcoal grill to enable guests to witness gaucho chefs demonstrate the culinary art of churrasco as they butcher, prepare and grill different cuts of protein over an open flame. It also showcases dry-aged meat lockers for in-house aging and soaring wine cases displaying South America’s finest varietals. The new restaurant ALSO includes a large, covered outdoor patio and Bar Fogo area for al fresco churrasco dining and private dining spaces to accommodate intimate gatherings or larger celebratory events.

“We’re humbled to bring our Southern Brazilian hospitality and latest innovative experiences to Ft. Lauderdale as we continue to expand in South Florida,” Barry McGowan says, Chief Executive Officer of Fogo de Chão. “Fogo started in Brazil over 43 years ago and we have been fortunate to grow our brand in the United States for the past 25 years. August 19 is a special date for us as it marks the opening of our Las Olas location and the date we opened our first U.S. location in Dallas, TX in 1997.” 

Fogo in Fort Lauderdale offers a range of menu selections and prices to fit guests’ needs for lunch and dinner, including an all-day happy hour every day in the main dining room, patio and Bar Fogo area featuring $9 Brazilian-inspired cocktails, $7 glasses of South American wines, $5 beers, small plates like lobster and shrimp tacos, churrasco meat boards and grilled Brazilian cheese. 

For more information, visit Fogodechao.com/location/fort-lauderdale/.

(Photo Credit: Evan Pierce)

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