Fogo de Chão announced it has signed a lease agreement to open its first location in the state of New Mexico in Albuquerque’s Coronado Center Mall at 6600 Menaul. The restaurant is slated to open in the fall of 2021 and will be in the space previously occupied by Kirkland’s at Coronado Center.

“We’ve long had our sights set on opening a restaurant in New Mexico and we are excited to bring our Brazilian hospitality to Albuquerque,” says Barry McGowan, Chief Executive Officer of Fogo de Chão. “Fogo offers over 40 years of rich Brazilian heritage and innovation to always enhance our guests’ experiences and bring them joy when dining out. We are looking forward to expanding our reach to New Mexico and serving our local community of Albuquerque.”

Fogo’s Albuquerque location, designed in partnership with Innovation & Design in Architecture, will feature the brand’s first-ever peninsula churrasco grill. The newly-designed grill will be situated in the center of the restaurant and prominently feature a 360-degree view inside the flames, providing guests a front row seat to the preparation of Fogo’s fire-roasted meats. While enjoying their meal, guests can watch the brand’s Brazilian-trained gaucho chefs butcher, hand carve and prepare various cuts of meat in the center of the dining room. A white Carrera Market Table will be anchored at the front of the grill and will feature seasonal salads, fresh vegetables, imported charcuterie and more.

Upon entering the restaurant’s expansive dining room, guests can expect to see elegant private dining spaces along with a signature bas-relief interpretation of Antonio Carigni’s O’Laçador statue, the embodiment of the gaucho culture. The new location will also have an outdoor dining patio and open-air bar, soaring wine displays, dry-aged meat cabinets for in-house aging and a lively indoor bar area with lounge seating, an award-winning South American wine list, Brazilian-inspired cocktails and a premium whiskey and bourbon menu.

In addition to the Full Churrasco Experience at lunch, brunch and dinner, guests can select from an array of varied menu options including a $15 Weekday Lunch, a la carte seafood options, decadent dry-aged steaks, or premium Wagyu cuts like New York Strip. An all-day happy hour menu and half priced bottles of wine will be featured every day in both the bar and dining room. Guests can also order Fogo To-Go for pick-up or delivery to enjoy in the comfort of their own home.

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