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A Popular Brazilian Steakhouse Is Heading Into Center City

Picanha Brazilian Grill will take over one of Jose Garces’ former restaurant spaces

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Fogo de Chao and Chima are getting some new competition — and this one is homegrown. Picanha Brazilian Grill out of Northeast Philly is opening a second location in Center City, at 1111 Locust Street. The address was most recently Garces Trading Co., one of the two restaurants that closed immediately following the sale of Jose Garces’ venues last year. Picanha should open mid-March, reports.

Like the other churrascarias, Picanha will offer a menu of grilled steak, chicken, and pork, which roving waiters slice off from skewers table-side until diners signal they’re done devouring meat. The rodizio restaurant will also have a salad bar — the Northeast location has a big buffet with salads and vegetables, hot dishes like seafood, rice, and beans, and lots of desserts. “Picanha” is a cut of beef.

The original Picanha, open since June 2005 at 6501 Castor Avenue, is a BYOB. The owners are looking to get a liquor license for the upcoming Washington Square West restaurant, though it will likely open before it can sell alcohol, according to Both locations serve lunch and dinner.