Meat lovers rejoice: the Boston location of Brazilian steakhouse chain Fogo de Chão (pronounced "fo-go dèe shoun") opens in just one day, bringing a slightly terrifying array of skewered meats to Copley, from filet mignon to fraldinha. Hungry diners will have to wait until tomorrow evening to indulge, but here's a sneak peek at the interior of the cavernous 320-seat space, part of an $8 million renovation to the former location of The Palm and some additional space at the Westin Copley.
Part of a 26-location chain spread between the United States and Brazil, the new Boston location is somewhat unique aesthetically due to the available space, a curvy, meandering area that allows for a number of private dining rooms. Its color palette mirrors the newer locations, like Orlando and Las Vegas - a little brighter than the older ones. One dining room features a special local touch, a layered stained glass panel designed by South End artist Jim Anderson, whose work has been featured on This Old House, Restore America, and beyond.
The large space also features numerous murals, including one that depicts a "gaucho" (Brazilian cowboy) at a "fogo de chão" (campfire). Fogo de Chão features "gaucho chefs" who slow-roast fifteen different cuts of meat over an open flame and slice them off skewers tableside. Diners control the pace of the meal by flipping a card to the green side (bring more meat!) or the red side (digesting for a bit). Unlimited Brazilian sides are included, such as pão de queijo (warm cheese bread), polenta, garlic mashed potatoes, and caramelized bananas. For those who want to end on a less meaty note, a few desserts are also available.
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