Fogo de Chão, the internationally-renowned restaurant from Brazil that allows guests to make culinary discoveries at every turn, announced that it has signed a lease agreement to open its first location in Nashville, Tennessee. The new 8,500-square-foot restaurant is scheduled to open in 2025 at Nashville Yards, a 19-acre mixed-use development celebrated for its thoughtful design, layered environment, and network of pedestrian pathways, open green spaces, and plazas. The restaurant will be located in the ground level of the development’s distinctive, centrally located Class A+ creative office building being developed by Southwest Value Partners and AEG.
Nashville, known as Music City, boasts a thriving and vibrant community comprised of year-round residents and visitors, making it an ideal city for Fogo’s first Tennessee location. 2023 has proven to be another strong year for Fogo with 22 new domestic and international leases signed and recent openings in key markets including Paramus, N.J., Providence, R.I., Huntington Beach, C.A., Thousand Oaks, C.A., Irving, T.X., and Emeryville, C.A., with more planned for later this year.
“We are eager to enter the Tennessee market and expand our Southeast footprint with our first restaurant at Nashville Yards,” says Barry McGowan, Chief Executive Officer of Fogo de Chão. “As a prime destination for visitors from around the world, our restaurant will serve as a memorable addition to the lively experiences Nashville has to offer.”
Designed in partnership with global architecture and design agency Harrison, the Nashville restaurant will showcase Fogo’s recent brand transformation with enhanced design and innovation platforms in a warm, timeless and approachable setting that reflects the local Nashville community. The restaurant will feature an expansive dining room centered around an open churrasco grill, offering guests a view of gaucho chefs butchering, hand carving, and grilling high-quality cuts of protein over an open flame. A Market Table will anchor the front of the grill and feature seasonal salads, fresh superfoods, cured meats, antipasti, and more. In the new restaurant, engaging social gathering spaces will be layered throughout Bar Fogo and the dining room to further enhance the guest experience and ambiance by providing inviting, conversational areas to linger and enjoy All-Day Happy Hour. Dry-aged meat lockers for in-house aging will display indulgent cuts such as a 32 oz. Long-Bone Tomahawk Ribeye, aged for a minimum of 42 days for rich flavor.
New menu innovations and enhanced dining experiences will accompany Fogo’s everyday offerings, including Weekday Lunch, Weekend Brazilian Brunch, Bar Fogo, Group and Private Dining, To-Go and Butcher Shop options in addition to Full-Service catering which includes on-site cooking with portable churrasco grills, gauchos, and a curated dining experience.
“We’re excited to welcome Fogo de Chão to Nashville Yards,” says Cary Mack, managing partner of Southwest Value Partners. “Fogo presents its food in uniquely fun and interesting ways, and it’s fresh, flavorful and offers something for everyone. Their specialty prime meats butcher shop, curated wine program, and lounge are all fantastic additions to the amenities we are curating for our tenants, residents and visitors.”
Fogo’s latest restaurant is a best-in-class culinary addition to Nashville Yards, a next-generation development that combines the finest elements of culinary, hospitality, restaurant, retail, office, entertainment, and residential living, all within one authentic and irreplaceable community. Anchored by Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the creative office building is the first of its kind in Nashville. Adjacent to the new state-of-the-art, 4500 capacity music venue and Amazon Nashville’s two office towers, the building has large 40,000+ square foot floorplates, soaring ceiling heights, and features best-in-class private amenities including meeting hubs, entertainment spaces, and a large outdoor vegetated deck overlooking Nashville Yards.