About a year and a half ago, I celebrated my birthday at Fogo de Chão in Beverly Hills. It was my first time there and I was really impressed by how good it was as a meat lover. And because I’m always trying to get more businesses to open in Downtown LA, I just had to ask if they were looking to open another location in downtown! Funny enough, the manager of the restaurant was very open with me and told me that they were planning to open around Staples Center and LA Live. He gave no timeline but said they were definitely interested. Well, a year and a half later, they have finally found their perfect spot not too far from where they wanted to be right at 8th/Figueroa in the Financial District replacing the shuttered Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion space next door to Local Table.
Fogo de Chão opened in São Paulo, Brazil in 1986 and has expanded to the United States with now 24 locations in cities across the country from New York to Dallas to Portland. For those who have not tried Fogo before, expect to be very well fed as they are known for their AYCE menu serving up a wide variety of high-quality meats from steak to lamb (and yes, there is a salad bar as well to balance out to the emphasis on meat). This particular location will be a whopping 8,120 square feet. Demolition work inside the restaurant has already begun and construction on the new Fogo will commence shortly after. Although the goal is to open before the end of the year, it is more likely it’ll be up and running sometime in early 2015.
My one request: I am hoping the new restaurant design will be more transparent given the building’s dark appearance with all those black tinted windows. Hoping the place will “open up” a bit more, which will activate this corner with some new exciting life.
For more info on Fogo de Chão, please visit them online.