Pittsburgh Business Times
By: Tim Schooley
Station Square, as well as the city itself, is ready to get its first churrascaria, the Brazilian style steak house that takes a hybrid buffet and table-service approach to serving up a broad arrangement of fire-grilled meats and a host of other menu items.
Texas de Brazil, a Dallas-based restaurant with more than 20 locations, has committed to opening in 240 W. Station Square Driveand is expected to open in November, according to the websites of both the restaurant and Station Square, which is owned by Cleveland-based Forest City Enterprises (NYSE: FCE), which has been marketing the Station Square complex for sale.
As with other restaurants of its kind, Texas de Brazil features a 50-item buffet that includes both salad fixings and a host of other prepared foods, such as pasta, shrimp, soups and cheeses. The restaurant also operates with its gaucho waitstaff going table to table with skewers of just-off-the-grill meats, ranging from steak and sausages to lamb and others, stopping for diners who have signaled their interest with flip cards on their table.
Founded in Dallas in 2007, Texas de Brazil has been expanding eastward, opening in Detroit last year, with locations in Cleveland and Syracuse slated for 2013 openings, according to the company’s website.
Perhaps the only restaurant in Pittsburgh to offer such dining is Green Forest Churrascaria on Rodi Road in Penn Hills, although local restauranteur Antonio Pereira, owner of Mallorca and Ibiza, considered opening one on the South Side a few years ago later deciding against it in 2008.