Dec 23, 2015
Tonight marks the opening of the Brazilian churrascaria (and chain) Fogo de Chão, a glossy, modern restaurant serving a rustic, old-school style of food. San Francisco has a complicated relationship with chains, often banishing them to the outer reaches of the city. However, the city center is a notable exception to that rule, which is how a restaurant with 29 locations in North America (and 11 more around the world) made it into the city limits.
The chain, which opened in São Paulo in 1979, began as an homage to the gaucho style of cooking from two sets of brothers, who managed to translate their business into an international company that recently went public. Now, it's opening its first San Francisco location, and it's kind of a big deal for meat fans and Brazilians alike. General Manager Ryan Metcalf told Eater that the restaurant has already been reserved for buy-outs, months in advance. So, here are ten things to know about SF's first Fogo de Chão: