Fogo de Chão to open 1st N.J. restaurant in Paramus

Leading eatery from Brazil will expand to Westfield Garden State Plaza in 2022

Internationally renowned Brazilian restaurant Fogo de Chão is opening its first New Jersey location in Paramus at the Westfield Garden State Plaza in 2022. The new eatery will occupy two levels of the shopping destination in the former Bar Louie space at the mall entrance and will be completely reimagined with a modern and timeless design.

Designed in partnership with global architecture and design agency Harrison, the Paramus location will feature an open-air churrasco bar in the heart of the dining room for guests to dine while gaucho chefs display the culinary art of churrasco as they butcher, prepare and grill different cuts of meat over an open flame.

Fogo de Chão interior.

The new restaurant will feature dry-aged meat lockers for in-house aging, soaring wine cabinets and a mezzanine-level Next Level Lounge where guests will be able to linger amidst leather couches and settee seating while enjoying South American wines, craft cocktails and premium whiskey and bourbons. Expansive main and private dining areas with terracotta ceilings, dramatic pendant lighting fixtures and plaster murals are inspired by the craftsmanship prominent in Southern Brazilian culture.

“Our gaucho chefs curate unique experiences for our guests that bring them back time and time again and give them a chance to discover something new each time they dine,” said Barry McGowan, CEO of Fogo de Chão. “We look forward to partnering with the Westfield Garden State Plaza and bringing our Southern Brazilian hospitality to New Jersey in 2022.”

Fogo provides culinary options suited for every day part and occasion. Simply seasoned, fire-roasted meats are the core of the full churrasco dining experience, where guests can discover a variety of flavors ranging from premium filet mignon and bone-in cowboy ribeye; decadent beef ribs and lamb chops; and house specialties Picanha (prime cut of the top sirloin) and Fraldinha (bottom sirloin with strong marbling for robust flavor).

A range of menu selections and prices fit guests’ needs, including weekday lunch starting at $15, an $8 Picanha burger at Bar Fogo, as well as a la carte Indulgent Cuts, like a 20 oz. Wagyu New York strip carved tableside on a Himalayan salt block to balance the cut’s intense marbling and buttery texture.

The new Paramus location will also continue to offer Fogo To-Go and catering options so guests can enjoy Fogo at any time, in any space.