LoDo gets more red meat with Fogo de Chao

LoDo gets more red meat with Fogo de Chao

You'd think that one Brazilian steakhouse might be enough for all of LoDo -- much less a three- block stretch of Wynkoop Street. But then you wouldn't be thinking like Hines, the international real estate firm that just announced that Fogo de Chão Churrascaria has signed a lease for 12,610 square feet on the first floor at 1515 Wynkoop, just down the street from the Rodizio Grill at 1801 Wynkoop.

The eight-story building is right next to the new EPA facility, and slated for completion in February 2009, with Sam Gary & Associates and Van Gilder Insurance moving in soon after. Fogo de Chão is scheduled to fire up the grills and spread out the salad bar next June.

The thirty-year-old Fogo de Chão chain now has eleven locations in the U.S., with three more opening this fall -- in Miami, Scottsdale and Kansas City, and six in Brazil. I've eaten at the one in Washington, D.C, and it's quite good -- even if the vegetarians in our group paled when they saw the amount of meat the rest of us consumed.

But still, Fago is unlikely to offer the charming sight I once encountered at the Ice House, when two Rodizio workers were on a break, hanging out by the elevators in the shared lobby -- and competing to see who could puff out his gaucho pants the furthest by farting. -- Patricia Calhoun

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