Fogo De Chão brings Brazilian flavors to Bridgewater

Fogo de Chão, the internationally renowned restaurant from Brazil, is set to open its newest restaurant in Bridgewater this week. This location marks the third Fogo de Chão restaurant in New Jersey, joining restaurants in Paramus and Wayne.

Located at Bridgewater Commons, a central New Jersey premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination at 400 Commons Way, Fogo plans to donate a portion of its first week of sales to the Food Bank Network of Somerset County, a local organization that provides access to food for those facing hunger in Somerset County.

Designed in partnership with global design agency Harrison, the new restaurant features an expansive dining room centered around an open churrasco grill, offering guests a 360-degree view of gaucho chefs demonstrating the Culinary Art of Churrasco by butchering, hand carving and grilling high-quality cuts of protein. The Bridgewater restaurant also showcases a seasonal Market Table, dry-aged meat lockers for in-house aging, a lively indoor Bar Fogo area ideal for all-day happy hour and private dining spaces available for guests to reserve for any occasion.

“We look forward to expanding our presence in New Jersey by bringing the Culinary Art of Churrasco to Bridgewater Commons,” Barry McGowan, CEO of Fogo de Chão, said. “Bridgewater is an ideal location for us to bring our authentic dining experience to new and returning guests. At Fogo, we’ve always been focused on feeding our guests and communities; that’s why we’re excited to collaborate with the Food Bank Network of Somerset County, which supports so many in Bridgewater and beyond.”

Leading the Bridgewater team is General Manager Edili Pena, who began her career at Fogo as a server in Bethesda, Maryland, and worked her way up to her current position leading the newest New Jersey location.