Brazilian steakhouse offers ‘an experience, not just a meal’

The interior of the Fogo de Chão location at 6600 Menaul NE. (Fogo de Chão)

International Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chão opened the doors of its Albuquerque location last Tuesday.

Fogo de Chão is located on the east side of the Coronado Center shopping mall at 6600 Menaul NE.

“Fogo de Chão will bring an experience, not just a meal,” said general manager Ronan Melo in an email.

He said the company chose Coronado Center as its first New Mexico location because they “liked the idea of being among the bustling crowd of shoppers, diners and professionals.”

The restaurant menu prominently features churrasco, a style of cooking in which meat is roasted, then served tableside.

Fogo de Chão opened its Albuquerque location last week. (Courtesy of Fogo de Chão)

In addition to roasted meats, Fogo de Chão also offers a salad buffet, seafood, small plate options, a full bar and weekend brunch.

Melo said the restaurant has more than 50 salads, fruits and vegetables on its “market table.”

For the first week of operations, the restaurant will be donating 10% of its sales to the Roadrunner Food Bank, according to a spokeswoman for the company.

“Albuquerque has been very welcoming as we prepare for our grand opening and we’re excited to partner with Roadrunner Food Bank, who helps bring hunger relief to so many families throughout New Mexico,” company CEO Barry McGowan wrote last week in a news release announcing the opening.

The restaurant has hired 100 people and plans to hire 120 people in total, Melo said.

Prices start at $36.95 for a lunch churrasco experience and $53.95 for dinner. The restaurant also has a $15 lunch salad bar and other entrees or specific cuts of meat available to order separately.

Fogo de Chão is open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Pilar Martinez covers retail and commercial real estate for the Journal. She can be reached at pmartinez@abqjournal.com.

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