SPOKANE – A Kennewick-based Brazilian steakhouse is coming to downtown Spokane.
Boiada Brazilian Grill co-owners Josiane Ballin and Hélio Vieira are opening the restaurant in the over 7,000 square foot building currently occupied by Mexican restaurant Maracas at 245 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
The Maracas left the building last week, and renovations are expected to begin Monday to make way for the Brazilian grill, Vieira said.
“We think it will be a great choice because of the style and the way we serve,” Vieira said. “We believe he will be well accepted by Spokane.”
Brazilian steakhouses – also known as churrascarias – are unique in the way they serve meals.
Servers rotate throughout the restaurant, bringing large skewers of various slow-roasted meats to diners’ tables. The meats are then sliced directly on the plates of the guests.
Boiada Brazilian Grill offers rodizio churrasco — or all-you-can-eat Brazilian barbecue — with various meats, including flank steak, filet mignon, ribeye, lamb chops, and bacon-wrapped chicken. The restaurant also offers a salad buffet, desserts, fine wines and Brazilian-inspired cocktails.
It was a dream for Vieira and Ballin to open a Brazilian steakhouse.
Vieira has worked in the restaurant industry since 2004. He began his career in the kitchen of a Brazilian steakhouse and worked his way up to general manager.
Ballin, whose background is in project management, has worked in the education, oil and gas, and nonprofit sectors while waiting for the right opportunity to open a restaurant.
In 2019, Brazilian natives and their business partners opened Boiada Brazilian Grill at 8418 W. Gage Blvd. at Kennedy.
Since opening, the restaurant’s rodizio churrasco concept has garnered a positive response from the Tri-Cities community, Ballin said.
Benton City-based Cardenas All Around Construction and Remodel is the contractor for Boiada Brazilian Grill in Spokane.
Eighty8 Architecture, of Spokane, is designing the restaurant, according to a permit application filed with the city.
Mexican restaurant Maracas was not immediately available for comment on the closure of its downtown location.
Boiada Brazilian Grill downtown in Spokane is expected to open in 60 to 90 days, Vieira said.
“It’s about building an experience,” Vieira said of the restaurant. “People come for their parties, their birthdays and for business. We make sure to do everything we can to exceed customer expectations.