A restaurant that captures the essence of Southern Brazil is making its way to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
Called Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse, the brand has plans to open a third Lone Star State location a little closer to home in Grapevine. It will open at 4025 William D Tate Ave, taking over a building of 1,100,000 square feet that once belonged to another Brazilian steakhouse restaurant called Boi Na Braza.
Citing the COVID-19 pandemic, Boi Na Braza closed its doors in January 2021 after 20 years of serving the community. The Dallas Morning News reported in March 2021 that the restaurant was planning to reopen that summer at The River Walk at Central Park in Flower Mound. But it has not yet reopened there. Boi Na Braza also had an Irving location at 310 W Las Colinas Blvd. Blaze Brazilian Steakhouse is currently open in its place.
But back to Chama Gaucha…
Full interior and exterior renovation work will be done on the building to get it ready for the incoming restaurant. That work is expected to start in July.
Established in 2008 by owner João Carlos Ongaratto, the first location of Chama Gaucha opened in San Antonio. After seeing success there, a second location was opened in Chicago in 2009. Two more locations in Houston and Atlanta followed shortly after. The Atlanta location, rated the city’s top Brazilian steakhouse during the time it was open, closed in 2020.
Chama Gaucha combines the tradition and hospitality of Southern Brazil (Ongaratto’s birthplace) with the diversity of San Antonio. Since its opening, it has become a landmark in fine dining thanks to its churrascaria – Spanish for grilled meat – flair, quality and style.
According to the brand’s website, Ongaratto has over 20 years of experience in the Brazilian steakhouse style of restaurant. He previously worked for Fogo de Chão, an upscale chain that is headquartered in Plano.
Chama Gaucha offers 12 different kinds of meat including bacon-wrapped filet, marinated chicken drumsticks, lamb, pork and beef ribs, and Picanha. When guests are ready to be served, they let their gaucho – aka trained Brazilian chef – know, by placing the green side of a red and green sided card up. Once guests have had their fill, they turn the red side of the card up.
Besides meat, Chama Gaucha also offers a salad bar and a special signature drink called the Caipirinha which is actually Brazil’s national cocktail. If you want more juicy details on Chama Gaucha, check out this recent Mashed feature.