Rodizio Grill, a Brazilian Steakhouse concept, is opening its first restaurant in the New York tri-state area on March 15. The new 7,100 square foot eatery will be located in the heart of downtown Stamford, Connecticut.

Rodizio Grill originated in Colorado in 1995. It was founded by Brazilian native Ivan Utrera, who brought his family recipes from his hometown of São Paulo.

“We are very excited to embark on this new venture,” says David Knighton, Rodizio Grill’s director of development. “The interest and growth opportunity Rodizio Grill has experienced in the Mountain West has translated to the Southeast and now the Northeast with Stamford and Boston. We are confident that the general public will enjoy the rich flavors of Brazil.”

“Rodizio Grill is a fun, interactive concept where the guest is in complete control of their dining experience,” says Ivan Utrera, president and founder of Rodizio Grill. 

Rodizio Grill’s menu consists of three-foot skewers of premium cuts of top sirloin, beef tender, and marinated pork loin, an abundant selection of gourmet salads, decadent 100 percent homemade desserts, and signature specialty drinks, including the famous Rodizio Grill Limeade, Brazil’s famous Guarana soft drink, and the sugar cane spirit, Caipirinha. 

Rodizio Grill Stamford will be operated by James Layfield and Edward Zislis. Layfield has been a successful operator of the local restaurants while Zislis is an accomplished, professional real estate broker.

“Rodizio Grill is a concept that is unique to our area,” says Layfield. “We are confident that it will replicate the success found in the other markets it currently operates.”

Rodizio Grill will be located on 5 Broad Street in the space previously occupied by Houlihan’s.

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