Rodizio Grill Gets Ready to Open First Location in Minnesota

The highly anticipated opening of Maple Grove’s first authentic Brazilian Steakhouse, Rodizio Grill, will be happening on April 20, 2012. The Maple Grove location is one of several units that are opening up this year, and each new location has seen vast success in its corresponding market.

“We are very excited about the warm welcome we have received in each new market we are entering,” said David Knighton, Rodizio Grill’s Director of Development. “We are certain that Rodizio Grill’s fun and energetic atmosphere will be the perfect addition to the Shoppes at Arbor Lake.”

Rodizio Grill is America’s First Brazilian Steakhouse, originating in Colorado in 1995. Founder Ivan Utrera brought this popular Brazilian concept, along with cherished family recipes, from his hometown of São Paulo, Brazil. Today Rodizio Grill is a beloved and bustling restaurant that has won many prestigious Best of State awards in the Mountain West where it has prominently operated for the past 17 years.

“What sets us apart from other establishments is the complete control that guests experience when they dine at Rodizio Grill,” said Ivan Utrera, President and Founder of Rodizio Grill. “No other restaurant offers this much interaction.”

Rodizio Grill’s menu features three-foot meat skewers, perfectly seasoned and carved tableside by Brazilian Gauchos. Unlimited appetizers, over 30 gourmet salads and a wide variety of homemade desserts make for an unforgettable dining experience. Guests can indulge in Brazilian favorites like Pao de Queijo, Couve, Picanha, and Lime Pie, just to name a few. Everything at Rodizio Grill is made fresh every day, adding to the authenticity of the establishment.

“We want our guests to have the best time possible, and to experience a little part of Brazil in their own backyard,” said Utrera. “When you walk into Rodizio Grill, you are not just walking into an establishment, but into a home. As soon as you enter one of our restaurants you become part of our family.”

Rodizio Grill Maple Grove will be locally own and operated by Al Nammari, Mike Stead and Mike Nammari. All owners have experienced managerial success in the restaurant industry and chose Rodizio Grill for their next managerial venture.

“Rodizio Grill has become a favorite dining destination and is well established in the markets it currently operates,” stated Stead. “We are confident that the success Rodizio Grill has seen will be replicated in Maple Grove, and we are excited about this new venture we are entering into.”

Rodizio Grill will be located inside The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, the space previously occupied by Smith & Hawken. For reservations, guests can call 763-657-1133 or visit for more information.