Brazilian Grill Opening Delayed by Financial Issues

Rodizio Grill received its permitting from Braintree officials last fall and has a new estimated completion date of the end of this year.

The new, 250-seat Brazilian steakhouse Rodizio Grill slated to open at the has been held up because its owners have had to re-finance the restaurant, Building Inspector Russell Forsberg said earlier this week.

Speaking at the end of Tuesday's Board of Licence Commissioners meeting, Forsberg updated his fellow members on Rodizio, saying that the owners told him construction should be complete by the end of 2012.

Commissioners approved Rodizio's permitting, including an all-alcohol license, last fall after the restaurant first saw a deal with Bickford's Grille fall through. Bickford's without providing timely notice to the board – the basis for its license revocation. Rodizio at the time to purchase the Bickford's license for $50,000.

The steakhouse is to be located in part of the former space at the Plaza next to .

Part-owner and manager of record Basel Al-Nammari operates a Melting Pot restaurant in Framingham and comes from a family of restaurateurs. His business partner, Renee Torres, is invested in Melting Pots in Boston, Providence and Washington D.C. The Rodizio Grill concept comes by way of several locations in Colorado and Utah.

Customers at Rodizio will be offered an all-you-can-eat salad bar and appetizers, and also the option of meats shaved off a skewer tableside by a "gaucho." The restaurant also has mixed juices and mixed Brazilian cocktails.


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