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Fogo de Chão Opens New Location in New Orleans, LA

DALLAS, Dec. 31, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fogo de Chão (NASDAQ:FOGO) is pleased to announce the opening of its first Louisiana restaurant in New Orleans. The new restaurant located at the renovated J.W. Marriott Hotel on 614 Canal Street, officially opened its doors to guests for dinner yesterday evening, December 30. The New Orleans Fogo de Chão marks the 30th restaurant location in the United States, and the 41st restaurant overall for the company.

Fogo de Chão is pleased to make its debut in New Orleans’ vibrant downtown area, and will be hosting a grand opening celebration for guests on January 8. The new restaurant is a premiere dining destination and in close proximity to the French Quarter and Central Business District. New guests in New Orleans can expect to enjoy the same elegant and unforgettable Southern Brazilian hospitality experience that is simply Fogo, including the gaucho traditions of churrasco, the art of roasting meats over an open fire, and espeto corrido, or “continuous service.”

“We are pleased to expand our presence across the U.S. and introduce our Southern Brazilian hospitality to guests in Louisiana,” said Larry Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Fogo de Chão. “Having started in Brazil, celebration is an integral part of our culture, so we couldn’t think of a better city than New Orleans to launch our first location in the state. We are thrilled to share the rich traditions and cuisine of Fogo de Chão with the Crescent City.”

The newest Fogo de Chão restaurant features a wealth of savory, fire-roasted meats cooked to perfection over an open fire, including house specialties the Picanha (signature sirloin), Filet, Ribeye, Fraldinha, Cordeiro (lamb) and more. Additionally, Fogo offers a gourmet Market Table with an abundance of seasonal salads, fresh vegetables, hot side dishes, a charcuterie area, smoked salmon and Southern Brazilian side dishes. To further complement the dining experience, the restaurant offers an award-winning wine list, tempting dessert menu, and creative and classic cocktails. Guests can also choose between the lighter seafood selections or enjoy the gourmet Market Table only option.

The New Orleans culinary team is proudly led by Head Gaucho Chef Carlos Girotto, who first learned the gaucho style of cooking on his family farm in the state where Fogo was founded, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Fogo de Chão New Orleans also offers Bar Fogo, a more casual way to experience the restaurant’s distinctive menu offerings through smaller, shareable plates.

The newest Fogo de Chão is a stunning, two-story restaurant positioned to capture the spirit of its iconic Canal Street location, all the while taking guests on a culinary journey through Southern Brazil. With a walkout patio and 40-foot balcony overlooking Canal Street, Fogo integrates seamlessly into the fabric of New Orleans.

For hours of operation and additional information, please visit www.FOGO.com.

About Fogo de Chão

Fogo de Chão (fogo-dee-shoun) is a leading Brazilian steakhouse, or churrascaria, which has specialized for over 35 years in fire-roasting high-quality meats utilizing the centuries-old Southern Brazilian cooking technique of churrasco. Fogo delivers a distinctive and authentic Brazilian dining experience through the combination of high-quality Brazilian cuisine and a differentiated service model known as espeto corrido (Portuguese for "continuous service") delivered by gaucho chefs. Fogo offers its guests a tasting menu of meats featuring up to 20 cuts, a gourmet Market Table with seasonal salads, soup and fresh vegetables, seafood, desserts, signature cocktails and an award-winning wine list. The first Fogo de Chão opened in Brazil in 1979. The Company currently operates 30 restaurants in the United States, 10 in Brazil and one joint venture restaurant in Mexico. Visit FOGO.com for more information.

Investor Contact: IR@fogodechao.com (972) 361-6225 Media Contact: Kristina.Jorge@icrinc.com (646) 277-1234

Source:Fogo de Chao