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Brazilian-style restaurant chain coming to Lehigh Valley

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Photo by Stacy Wescoe: A Brazilian-style steakhouse will locate in the former Bob Evans restaurant on Lehigh Street in Allentown.
Photo by Stacy Wescoe: A Brazilian-style steakhouse will locate in the former Bob Evans restaurant on Lehigh Street in Allentown.

A Brazilian-style steakhouse chain sometimes referred to as a “churrascarias” is coming to the Lehigh Valley.

The Rodizio Grill is being opened in the former Bob Evans restaurant on Lehigh Street in Allentown.

The restaurant, which is already in the process of hiring, will feature over a dozen rotisserie and grilled meats that are served at the table from three-foot long skewers by meat servers dressed as Brazilian gauchos or cowboys.

The franchise will be run by Kevin O'Leary and Charlie LaRosa, who are owners of the Melting Pot Restaurant in Bethlehem.

The first Rodizio Grill was opened in 1995; there are currently more than a dozen locations nationwide.

The Lehigh Valley is already home to two independent Brazilian steakhouse restaurants: Made in Brazil in Allentown and Rio in Nazareth.

The owners of Made in Brazil, Joao Roquetti and Antonio DeMattos, are also planning a new restaurant in Easton in the new year.

Stacy Wescoe

Stacy Wescoe

Writer and online editor Stacy Wescoe has her finger on the pulse of the business community in the Greater Lehigh Valley and keeps you up-to-date with technology and trends, plus what coworkers and competitors are talking about around the water cooler — and on social media. She can be reached at stacyw@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 104. Follow her on Twitter at @morestacy and on Facebook. Circle Stacy Wescoe on .

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