The History of Texas de Brazil
Our story begins in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Living the cattle rancher’s life and feasting in the traditional rodizio style native to this region, one of the partners had visions of bringing this culture north to the United States. The unique concept offers diners a parade of meats and an extravagant seasonal salad area. After years of hoping and dreaming, this rodizio vision became a reality. The destination of choice was no other than the cattleman’s land … Texas.
Settling in Texas, it was apt that this unique style brought from Brazil be combined with the hospitality that is indigenous to the lone star state. Combining the culture and feast of Brazil with the service and class of the states, Texas de Brazil Brazilian Steakhouse emerged. Texas de Brazil is family owned and operated and continues to expand both domestically and internationally to bring the Brazilian Steakhouse dining experience to new and exciting geographical locations.
Texas de Brazil will also open locations in Syracuse & NYC. 2014 locations include: Albany, Birmingham, Buffalo, Cleveland, Miami (Dadeland Mall) and New Orleans.
Texas de Brazil was named to Nation’s Restaurant News “Top 50 Breakout Brands” based on the concept’s ethnic cuisine, differentiated service and premium product quality.
Columbus, Houston, Pittsburgh – The year started off with a bang as Columbus at Easton Town Center, Houston at City Centre and Pittsburgh at Station Square all opened within weeks of each other in exciting mixed used entertainment, dining and retail destinations.
Yonkers, Salt Lake –Texas de Brazil opened locations in brand new shopping centers including Westchester’s Ridge Hill in Yonkers and City Creek Center in downtown Salt Lake.
Zio Cecio- Texas de Brazil’s Italian concept was created with the help of famed local Dallas chef Francesco Farris, who’s cooking includes fresh, organic, and seasonal ingredients tailored to recipes from his native Sardinia, Italy. The menu also includes house-made pastas, risottos and pizza, as well as fresh seafood specialties. Zio Cecio is located in Dallas and was named “Best New Restaurants of 2012” and “Top 100 Restaurants,” both by D Magazine.
Tampa, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Puerto Rico & Trinidad – Continuing with aggressive growth, Texas de Brazil opened locations at MetWest in Tampa, downtown Detroit, and across from the Galleria Mall in Fort Lauderdale. The company also added international franchised locations for the first time in San Juan, Puerto Rico, near the convention center as well as in Port of Spain Trinidad.
Texas de Brazil Express- Texas de Brazil ventured into the fast-casual dining segment and created “Texas de Brazil Express” featuring the restaurant’s signature meats prepared as a custom-made sandwich, salad or rice bowl. Texas de Brazil Express is located in Dallas.
In late 2010, Texas de Brazil opened the San Antonio location in the historic Kress building downtown. This location also featured the unique aerial wine artists, helping to appeal to RiverWalk guests.
Hallandale Beach- Furthering its expansion into Florida, Texas de Brazil opened the Hallandale Beach location at the newly opened Villages at Gulfstream Park, a race track and retail center.
Las Vegas, Chicago, Baton Rouge –In 2008, Texas de Brazil opened its largest location yet in downtown Chicago, just off Michigan Ave. This extravagant location also featured the first-of-its kind: aerial wine artists. These unique performers engage in gymnastic aerial tumbles and flips while they retrieve bottles of wine ordered by onlookers and diners below in a massive 2-story wine cellar. The custom-made flying system allows the artist to control their own vertical, horizontal and 360 degree rotating movements.
The Las Vegas location opened in the new Town Square entertainment and shopping center on Las Vegas Blvd. while the Baton Rouge location opened in the brand new Perkins Rowe mixed use development.
Wine Spectator “Best Restaurants for Wine”
Fairfax, Miami Beach – In early 2007, Texas de Brazil opened its 11th location in the Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax, VA, right outside of the DC metro area. The Miami Beach location at the marina followed in late 2007 with sweeping marina views and an extended bar/lounge area uniquely named “Beijos Lounge.” “Beijos is Portuguese for “kisses.”
Wine Spectator Aware of Excellence
Wine Enthusiast Award of Distinction
Denver, Richmond –Texas de Brazil opened the Denver location in the newly redeveloped Stapleton neighborhood, while the Richmond location opened in Regency Square Mall.
Wine Spectator “Award of Excellence” & Zagat Survey “America’s Top Restaurants” – Also in 2005, Texas de Brazil was fortunate to receive the coveted Wine Spectator “Award of Excellence.” Texas de Brazil’s extensive wine list features wines from all over the world as well as a special emphasis on South American varietals that pair perfectly with the restaurants seasoned meats. The company also received another top award from Zagat Survey.
Schaumburg –Texas de Brazil opened an 8th location in the northwestern Chicago suburb of Schaumburg in the regionally popular Woodfield Mall.
Miami, Orlando –Recognizing the growth potential in Florida, Texas de Brazil opened a 5th location at Miami’s Dolphin Mall as well as on International Drive in Orlando-both of which are popular tourist destinations, particularly with international visitors.
Memphis, Aruba –The company opened locations in downtown Memphis and ventured into international waters with a location in Palm Beach, Aruba.
Texas de Brazil was awarded the “A1 Service” award by widely recognized Zagat Survey
Fort Worth- The opening of a 3rd location in downtown Fort Worth provided the perfect addition to this meat-loving “Cowtown.”
Dallas — Following the first location, Texas de Brazil quickly opened a second location in uptown Dallas, a perfect fit in the city’s vibrant and growing dining scene.
Addison – Texas de Brazil, a family-owned and operated business opened its first location in Addison, TX in Oct. 1998. The concept is the first of its kind to feature the traditional Brazilian concept of churrasco cooking with the generous spirit and hospitality Texas is known for.