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08/16/2010 Texas de Brazil to open restaurant near International Plaza

By: Mark Albright Another destination restaurant for serious meat eaters will be shoehorned into Tampa's West Shore district area. Texas de Brazil, a Dallas-based chain, has signed a deal to put a 300-plus seat restaurant in MetWest International, a MetLife-built mixed-use project across Boy Scout Boulevard from International Plaza. With a $42.99 fixed-price dinner, diners get a 50-item gourmet salad buffet and churrascaria style service. That means sword-wielding gauchos wheel carving stations tableside to slice off unlimited slabs of aged USDA choice or prime, corn-fed steak, pork, lamb, chicken and Brazilian sausage. Meats are spin-roasted or flame-grilled over a spit. It will be the chain's 16th store and the eighth premium steak house wedged into a 1-square-mile area of West Shore as well as the neighborhood's second Brazilian steak house. Under the banner "a steakhouse even vegetarians love," the Tampa location opens in early 2011.

08/16/2010 Brazilian steakhouse invasion continues in Tampa

By: Richard Mullins -The Tampa Tribune TAMPA - Get ready to pronounce Churrascarias because the invasion of Brazilian-themed steakhouses continues in Tampa Bay. The Dallas-based Texas de Brazil chain will open its first Tampa restaurant, across from International Plaza Mall in the MetWest International complex on Boy Scout Boulevard, directly across the entrance from the seafood restaurant Kona Grill. The new location is set to open in the first quarter of 2011, in a 7,500 square-foot space, according to the real estate developer at MetWest. For Tampa, a town already known for steakhouses, these South American-style restaurants offer a twist. Chefs prepare meat on large skewers over open flames. Then sword-wielding Gauchos, (Brazilian cowboys) typically roll a heated cart tableside, and carve slices right onto customer plates. And meat is the centerpiece of the dining event, especially as some restaurants offer all-you-can-eat deals, and small flags that customers can raise to signal another round is needed. Some restaurants offer 10 different meats in a series. That style is called Churrascarias, pronounced shoo-HOSS-ka-REE-ahs, or more simply said in English, Shoe. Hoss! Koreas. Texas de Brazil has 15 locations, including five in Florida. The new Tampa location will be nearly within sight of another South American-steakhouse, Boizao, just down the street on Boy Scout Boulevard. That joins others like Terra Mar Brazilian Steakhouse, in Pinellas Park, and La Fogata in Gulfport. The MetWest complex could turn into a nice hub of restaurants, said Kalyn Brandewie of Florida Retail Partners, who is handling the retail leasing at MetWest. They're targeting more seafood and more Mexican restaurants, especially as so much traffic flows around International Plaza Mall. The past few years were hard on restaurants, she said. But there are indications that worst has seemed to pass, and this is a great sign that things are coming back.

07/16/2010 Texas de Brazil steakhouse takes MetWest International space

Texas de Brazil has signed a lease at MetWest International for its first restaurant on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The Brazilian steakhouse will take 7,500 square feet at the front entrance of the project directly across from Kona Grill. It plans to open in the first quarter of 2011, a release said. Terms of the lease were not disclosed. The restaurant features a “Brazilian dining experience complete with sword-wielding Gauchos, or Brazilian cowboys, serving grilled meats cooked in the traditional Brazilian Churrascaria style carved tableside.” Texas de Brazil is the second restaurant to choose MetWest International as the site for its first Tampa location. Kona Grill opened in late 2009. The Brazilian steakhouse concept has seen success at other Florida locations in Miami and Orlando, the release said. “The timing and mixed use of space that MetWest International offers is just the right fit for us to expand into Tampa,” said Salim Asrawi, chief operating officer of Texas de Brazil, in the release. MetWest International is being redeveloped by MetLife. Located across from Tampa International Airport and International Plaza, MetWest International includes the existing One MetroCenter and MetWest One, the first of three office buildings. The two later-phase office buildings will be started as demand dictates. Taylor and Mathis of Florida Inc. serves as the development manager for the project and handles management and office leasing responsibilities. Florida Retail Partners handles retail leasing. Florida Retail Partners President Kalyn Brandewie negotiated the transaction on behalf of the property owner, MetLife. MetLife is a subsidiary of MetLife Inc. (NYSE: MET), a provider of insurance, employee benefits and financial services. Its Real Estate Investments department oversees a diversified real estate investment portfolio worth nearly $45 billion. It is one of the largest in the nation and is comprised mainly of real estate equities, commercial mortgages and agricultural mortgages. The concept will locate within a mile of a competing Brazilian steakhouse, Boizao, which is also located in Tampa’s Westshore, district across from International Plaza.

07/16/2010 Texas de Brazil takes MetWest space

TAMPA - Texas de Brazil, a Brazilian steakhouse, has signed a lease at MetWest International for its first restaurant on Florida's Gulf Coast. Florida Retail Partners President Kalyn Brandewie negotiated the transaction on behalf of the property owner, MetLife. The Brazilian steakhouse has leased 7,500sf at the front entrance of the project directly across from Kona Grill and plans to open in the first quarter of 2011. The restaurant features a unique Brazilian dining experience complete with sword-wielding Gauchos, or Brazilian cowboys, serving grilled meats cooked in the traditional Brazilian Churrascaria style carved tableside. MetWest International is a mixed-use center being redeveloped by MetLife across from Tampa International Airport and International Plaza.

Customer - Dallas location

We were in absolute awe of our pre-wedding rehearsal dinner at Texas de Brazil last night! It was a truly unique and utterly delicious event that no one in our party has ever experienced. Your entire wait staff is commendable. We could not have asked for a better evening. Thank you and your staff!

Customer - Fort Worth location

"My family and I dined at the Fort Worth location for my birthday and needless to say, it was far beyond what I had expected. We had reservations and were seated within a few minutes. It was a Friday night around 9:30 and there weren't any other couples/families with children so we were a bit worried that our 5 month old daughter would disturb everyone's dining experience but the staff was very accomodating and helpful. They were very kid friendly and offered to help so much and we just appreciate their willingness to go the extra mile. Thank you!"

Customer - Memphis location

I would just like to comment that I had Sunday Brunch today at the Memphis location with my family. It was a special occasion for us, although we did not mention it to anyone. The service and the meal were fantastic. The restaurant was very clean and the music was perfect. We really enjoyed ourselves, all of us. Thank you and keep up the good work!!

Customer - Aruba location

"Hello, I went to your restaurant with my wife on our on our honeymoon in Aruba. We loved it, we were so full and enjoyed our time at your restaruant. We had the white wine sangria and fell in love with it."

Customer - Miami location

"First of all I will like to say thank you for the opportunity I was given to enjoy your wonderful restaurant at Dolphin mall. Excellent staff overall from the hostess to the servers they were all magnificent I have acquire some passport cards that I will be sharing with my staff upon my return to the office. My family were flabbergast with the excellent service that your staff provided really and truly Texas de Brazil will be the number one choice for my property when it comes to elegant atmosphere, excellent food, magnificent service and attention to guest."

Customer - Orlando location

"I have dined at your establishment several times while traveling on business, and loved the experience. I brought my family to your restaurant on 10/18/11 for the first time. We had just come from a Disney Park and did not change for dinner, and did not look as presentable as I would have liked.
The staff treated us as if we were all wearing business suits (including the 3 year old). The meal was incredible, the service was fantastic, and your restaurant was one of the highlights of our vacation. I look forward to returning to your restaurant soon. Thanks."

Customer - Schaumburg location

"My family had their first experience with your restaurant on 4/22.We experienced an amazing brunch at your Schaumburg, IL location. Our waiter (Gregory) was professional in his introduction to your vast array of delicious foods. The food bar itself was an amazing experience but the handling and preparing of the various meats took the dining experience to a heavenly level. We will definitely be back and hope that a location moves closer to us so that we can experience this on a more frequent level."

Customer - Denver location

I want to commend your Denver restaurant staff. Last Sunday night we drove 1 hour from Ft. Collins to Denver to entertain our out-of-town (cattle) business guests. We hadn't made reservations, and the restaurant was booked due to a city-wide restaurant promotion. We were so disappointed to learn that the wait for a table was between 1.5 - 2 hours! We chose to have drinks and appetizers in the bar. Five minutes later your staff notified us that a cancellation came in and they could seat us right away! We were thrilled! Our guests had never been to your place before, and they thoroughly enjoyed it! Your front desk staff was excellent: professional and gracious (with us not making reservations). Your restaurant is our favorite -- for business or pleasure. Thank you.

Customer - Richmond location

"I contracted Texas de Brazil to cater my daughter Sarah\'s wedding at our home for Saturday October 1st, 2011. I just wanted to say it was everything I had hoped for and more. The food and service were exceptional. I cannot thank you enough for making our wedding reception so memorable. What an incredible staff!"

Customer - Fairfax location

OH MY Goodness!!! My husband and I were treated to dinner at your establishment on Saturday, 4/30/11. It was one of the greatest nights and we'll remember the time and the enjoyment of your restaurant for the rest of our lives!! My husband and I are meat eaters and could not BELIEVE how AMAZING everything was! The house specialty sirloin actually brought tears to my eyes! I have been telling everyone about it and both my husband and I comment daily how we cannot wait to go back! Brilliant concept, sumptuous meat seasoned to perfection, incredible salad bar and the service of the staff/management was unforgettable! Excellent! Outstanding!!

Customer - Miami Beach location

"I wanted to thank you and your team for the great attention provided to us! The food was amazing and the service was great, the room was perfect and the terrace worked out perfectly to mingle and have droinks before dinner. Our server was outstanding,he was polite,courteous and welcoming. Once again Thank you and I look forward to having another event at the Miami Beach property."

Customer - Chicago location

I want to tell you what a fantastic time that we had on Saturday night (6/25), at your restaurant on Ohio Street, in Chicago IL. I brought my wife and two daughters to your restaurant, and from the beginning we were treated wonderfully! The manager was a perfect ambassador for your restaurant. He was nice, accommodating to our special request, and made us feel very welcome and special. The food was fantastic. Everything we ate was absolutely delicious! We're still talking about it, even two days later! We left there feeling like royalty, and are looking forward to a return trip! Thanks again for a great memory!

Customer - Las Vegas location

"A number of us were out for CES 2012. Our first visit was so good we scheduled another visit the same week with a handful of our colleagues. All of us were impressed by the excellent service and the phenomenal food, WOW!! Whatever your team is doing, keep doing it!"

Customer - Baton Rouge location

"My wife and I went to your Baton Rouge location on February 7 for my birthday. We had a coupon and the manager (I can't remember his name) walked to our table and explained who you are and how to get the most of our experience. The food was wonderful but even better, the service was better than the food! We were blown away by the selection and quality of the sides and the salad bar. My wife loved the olives! I have been to restaurants that had great food and ok service and I have been to one's who food was ok and the service was great. I have only been to a few who had it all. You do. Our experience ranks in our top 5 of best ever and we have eaten at hundreds of restaurants. Thanks again and please extend our gratitude to the manager and his staff. First Rate!"

Customer - Hallandale Beach location

"Yesterday was my first visit to your restaurant and I wanted to say how beautiful it is, how great the wait staff are and how absolutely out-of-this-world the food is. Well done!"

Customer - San Antonio location

Just wanted to make sure someone was aware of what an incredible experience we had at the San Antonio TDB. I had mentioned simply, on the reservation, that we were celebrating my wife's birthday. So when we arrived, the greeting staff all wished her a Happy Birthday. I've been to places that serve good food. I've been to places with good service. I have to say, after last night, I am questioning whether I've EVER been to any place that offers this level of quality in their food AND service. It's rare that someone excels at everything they do from start to finish, but I do believe this place is on my VERY short list for that achievement! We will be back and I AM sharing this place with my friends and coworkers! Great Job!

Customer - Tampa location

"My wife and I dined at the new Tampa location on Sunday, 3/11/2012. Let me first say that even though we were familiar with the Orlando location, and I have eaten at a number of 'competitors' nationwide... The staff at the Tampa location simply just 'knocked it out of the park'. Service was above your usual top-notch, the atmosphere was wonderful, and the food... Now, we're both quite familar and have definite expectations of the quality, but... To say the food was utterly sublime in its spectacular flavor on this visit. I'm not easily impressed; i've eaten at some of the finest steakhouses and Churrascarias nationwide, but the Tampa location won on all counts on this occasion. Now I don't have to wait for my next trip to Dallas to eat at the best darned Churrascaria that I know of... It's right around the corner.
Thanks for making a birthday celebration into something more--- An almost spiritual experience. I simply can't say enough."

Customer - San Juan location

"Wow, definitely a great overall experience (food & service). Last Friday was my first visit, but I plan to be a regular visiting this location."

Customer - Detroit location

My wife and I had a great dining experience last Tuesday at your restaurant. The food was outstanding, as well as the service. We eat a lot of fine dining around here. You are definitely one of the very best of any kind of restaurant in the Detroit area, and certainly the best at what you do. We will be spreading the word about you to all of our friends. We hope to eat with you again soon, and please, keep up the good work.

Customer - Fort Lauderdale location

"Had a great time 2 nights ago! We had a party of 13, and 5 of us were quite late. The staff was great though; they probably wanted to go home, but they never telegraphed that. Our primary server was Anthony; great attitude and service. Food was excellent!!!! Best Brazilian steakhouse I've been to. Very well done!"

Customer - Trinidad location

"Thank you for accommodating all the changes. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the level of customer service. We would definitely be returning."

Customer - Yonkers location

"My husband heard about this new restaurant close to where we live and we decided to go because he is Brazilian and wanted to have that type of cuisine. We were so impressed with the atmosphere. It was absolutely gorgeous. The staff literally waited on us hand and foot. My ten year old son said he felt like royalty there and we all enjoyed ourselves very much. The food was delightful and the steaks literally melted in your mouth. We could just not get enough. We will most certainly be visiting again because the whole experience was worth it. Thank you very much for your excellent service."

Customer - Salt Lake location

"Since I look like your doctor let me give you a prescription for success at Texas de Brazil, "DO NOT CHANGE A THING". The food, the service, and energy of the restaurant is amazing. Thank you for your help in planning our upcoming event and thank you for our visit last night."

We always welcome your comments, and love to hear about your dining experience at Texas de Brazil.

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