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Fogo de Chão completes overhaul

Updated: June 21, 2017 - 1:42 pm

The steakhouse saw improvements to its bar, dining rooms

From more bar space to new dining options, little hasn’t been changed at Fogo de Chão.

The Brazilian steakhouse, a fixture of downtown’s City Center for the past decade, recently completed a series of renovations.

The restaurant, located at Hennepin & 7th, has expanded its bar area with more seating and a marble bar, added new private dining rooms and built a new waiting lounge. Guests will see a variety of new fixtures and features in the main dining room, foyer and private dining areas. Fogo tasked downtown Minneapolis-based Shea Design with the project.

The overhaul comes after high-profile closings in the City Center block over the past year, including the much-hyped Il Foro, an Italian revamp of the former Forum Cafeteria space. Rosa Mexicano, a New York-based Mexican restaurant chain, quietly closed its location at Hennepin & 6th last fall after five years in business.

“We’ve been very fortunate to have the support of the Minneapolis community. Reinvesting here should re-energize the Fogo experience for locals and visitors alike,” said Larry Johnson, the restaurant’s chief executive officer, in a statement.

Fogo de Chão, at 645 Hennepin Ave., is open for lunch and weekend brunch from 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. and for dinner from 5 p.m.–10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 2 p.m.–10 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m.–9 p.m. Sunday.

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