Brazilian steakhouse FOGO DE CHÃO is opening a location in San Francisco, Scoop reports (based on some ABC license activity). The international chain appears to be moving into the former Chevys location at Third Street and Howard, making this the first San Francisco location for the group. In the tradition of Brazilian all-you-can-eat steakhouses, diners pay a flat rate for their dinner and then receive all the meat, salad, and side dishes they can manage. The nearest location, in San Jose, offers dinner for $55 per person and lunch for $35. 201 Third St. at Howard.
We previously mentioned that Jason Fox (of Commonwealth) and Timothy Felkner (of Vigilante Hospitality and formerly the general manager at Zero Zero) are planning to open a new restaurant in Mint Plaza later this summer. The name has been revealed: it will be called ORO, named after the gold coins that used to be minted in the building during the Gold Rush.
The casual California-style restaurant will have a menu built around sharing and whole animal butchery, including housemade charcuterie. Some items will be available by the single piece, in the style of oysters, like salt cod croquettes or grilled spot prawns. Smaller shared plates include charcuterie like coppa di testa, and larger dishes are designed for two people, like a grilled rib-eye with smashed potatoes and sprouting broccoli. There will also be the option to order a family-style tasting menu. Fox will be working closely with chef de cuisine Travis Day, formerly of Central Kitchen and Yoshi’s. Randy Mariani, whose previous experience includes Foreign Cinema and Tupper & Reed, will serve as bar manager, while Kelly Evans, who previously worked as head sommelier at Saison, is the wine director. The whole thing is set to open in late summer; we’ll keep you updated. 8 Mint Plaza at 5th St.
The mega spread at Fogo de Chão in San Jose. Yelp photo by Tammy L.