Southern Brazilian Steakhouse Fogo de Chão opens its Naperville, Chicago, restaurant on January 14. The new restaurant, located in the Freedom Commons dining district, is the third Chicagoland location for the brand that introduced authentic churrasco to the area more than 14 years ago.
"Naperville is an exciting dining destination, filled with restaurants that feature food from many of the world's greatest cities," says Larry Johnson, chief executive officer of Fogo de Chão. "We are excited to be a part of that by sharing our celebrated dining experience with this dynamic community, just like we do in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo."
Fogo de Chão shares the Brazilian gaucho traditions of churrasco, the art of roasting meats over an open fire, and espeto corrido, or "continuous service," which allows guests to control the variety and pace of their dining experience. The Naperville culinary team is led by head gaucho chef Joacir Roscete, who first learned the gaucho style of cooking on his family farm in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina. Fogo's Brazilian-trained gaucho chefs butcher all of the meats in-house, roast them over an open fire, and then carve each cut tableside. The menu features a wealth of savory, fire-roasted meats. Some favorites include:
Picanha—the prime part of the top sirloin, sliced thin and lightly seasoned with rock salt or garlic.
Filet Mignon—an elegant and tender cut of beef, it's dressed simply with sea salt to expose its natural flavors.
Cordeiro—fresh lamb flavored with a special mint marinade, sliced off the bone or served as tender chops.
Ribeye—this highly marbled cut of beef is slowly grilled over direct heat to maximize its flavor and tenderness.
Fraldinha—one of the most distinctive and flavorful cuts of beef from the bottom sirloin.
Additionally, Fogo offers a gourmet Market Table & Feijoada Bar with seasonal salads, soup, fresh vegetables, feijoada (traditional black bean stew with rice, fresh orange and yucca flour), and more. The menu is complemented by an award-winning wine list, an extensive cocktail program including many traditional drinks from Brazil such as the Caipirinha, and a dessert menu featuring items like the signature Papaya Cream, Crème Brûlée, and Brazilian Flan, all of which are made in-house.
Fogo de Chão Naperville is located at Freedom Commons, just minutes away from Naperville's Downtown District. This location is one of the first to offer a new Gaucho Lunch Menu, featuring convenient options to meet weekday lunchtime diners' busy schedules. The new space also features a bar area that is home to Bar Fogo, the recently introduced concept offering a more casual way to experience Fogo with shareable small plates, cocktails, and daily Happy Hour specials in the bar.
The restaurant offers private and semi-private dining, an outdoor patio, and has a number of tech capabilities including Smart TVs in the private dining spaces, and USB connectivity, making it ideal for a business meeting, working lunch, and much more.
The restaurant's design is contemporary with warm and traditional touches that pay homage to the farm culture of Southern Brazil. Guests enter the restaurant through a glass and steel entry tower accented with warm glowing light. Inside, a 16-foot bas-relief sculpture of the famous Brazilian statue, O'Laçador presides over the dining room. Additionally, an open kitchen showcases the gaucho chefs and the centuries-old culinary grilling tradition. The centerpiece of the restaurant is a 30-foot atrium supported by four hand-crafted abstract interpretations of the indigenous Araucaria tree from Brazil.