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Design Challenge: Provide additional cool air to offset extreme cooking heat.

Fogo de Chao
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Fogo de Chao features traditional churrasco, the Brazilian gaucho way of roasting meats over pits of open fire. The restaurant offers 15 different cuts of meats and poultry, along with a signature salad bar filled with Brazilian side dishes, fresh salads and aged cheeses. Beginning in Brazil in 1979, Fogo de Chao expanded to the United States in 1997 and now has over a dozen locations.

LKPB provided full mechanical and electrical engineering services for the Minneapolis venue, which is at a prime downtown location. A unique design challenge involved intense heat given off by the meat cooking technology, which created sweltering conditions for the gaucho cooks who must also serve the meats to customers. LKPB added a separate air handling unit for the kitchen to supply large amounts of cool air to the gauchos. This helps them stay fresh while cooking in order to keep the necessary high standard of personal presentation when serving tableside.