TEXAS DE BRAZIL TO OPEN RESTAURANT NEAR INTERNATIONAL PLAZA
March 16th, 2010 | Press
Tampabay.com / St. Petersburg Times
By: Mark Albright
Another destination restaurant for serious meat eaters will be shoehorned into Tampa’s West Shore district area. Texas de Brazil, a Dallas-based chain, has signed a deal to put a 300-plus seat restaurant in MetWest International, a MetLife-built mixed-use project across Boy Scout Boulevard from International Plaza. With a $42.99 fixed-price dinner, diners get a 50-item gourmet salad buffet and churrascaria style service. That means sword-wielding gauchos wheel carving stations tableside to slice off unlimited slabs of aged USDA choice or prime, corn-fed steak, pork, lamb, chicken and Brazilian sausage. Meats are spin-roasted or flame-grilled over a spit. It will be the chain’s 16th store and the eighth premium steak house wedged into a 1-square-mile area of West Shore as well as the neighborhood’s second Brazilian steak house. Under the banner “a steakhouse even vegetarians love,” the Tampa location opens in early 2011.