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Rodizio Grill opens in Mesa at Village Square at Dana Park

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Rodizio Grill features rotisserie grilled meat, expertly seasoned and carved tableside by traditionally dressed Gauchos. (Courtesy of Mesa Chamber of Commerce)

Rodizio Grill opens its first location in Arizona today, and it’s in Mesa. Located at the Village Square at Dana Park, Rodizio Grill introduces an authentic Brazilian dining experience to residents and visitors alike. With the spirit of fun, adventure, and alegria that gives the brand its distinctive name, Rodizio Grill is sure to become an instant family favorite.

They are still working on the facade of Rodizio Grill, which opens its first location in Arizona today in Mesa at Dana Park. (Kelly Mixer/MyNewsMesa.com)
They are still working on the facade of Rodizio Grill, which opens its first location in Arizona today in Mesa at Dana Park. (Kelly Mixer/MyNewsMesa.com)

“Rodizio Grill offers an experience that transports you to Brazil, with all its culture and tastes. Here you can escape the ordinary. And it’s well suited for any occasion, whether it be a date night, business luncheon, or family celebration,” said Nick Clayton, co-owner of Rodizio Grill – Mesa. Clayton has been with the company for more than 12 years, starting as a server and learning to carve meat as a Gaucho, and eventually becoming general manager of the Salt Lake City, Utah, location.

“I’ve had the pleasure of seeing thousands of guests come through our doors, each enjoying the culture unique to Rodizio Grill,” Clayton said. “I am thrilled to bring this concept to the greater Phoenix region.”

Rodizio Grill hosts three annual promotions unique to the restaurant: Bacon Fest, Rodizio Americano BBQ Fest, and Wild Game Fest. These events offer the traditional Rodizio favorites alongside limited-time custom menu items created to tempt, challenge and dazzle taste buds.

Established in 1995, Rodizio Grill was the first Brazilian “churrasco” steakhouse in the United States. Twenty years later, the brand remains known for its playful Brazilian spirit, authentic menu offerings and family-friendly atmosphere. The unique concept features rotisserie grilled meat, expertly seasoned and carved tableside by traditionally dressed Gauchos. While the meats are the main attraction, they are complemented with an award-winning gourmet salad bar, marked by original salads, fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, and authentic hot side dishes. Rodizio Grill’s reputation hinges on its unparalleled selection of real, fresh-pressed juices, homemade Brazilian Limeades, signature cocktails and an extensive wine list featuring a variety of Brazilian imported wine and beer. At the end of the meal, guests can enjoy a selection of exclusive, homemade desserts authentic to the entire experience – a treat not found anywhere else.

“Over the past 20 years, the number one market request from guests has been from the Phoenix metropolitan area,” said Ivan Utrera, founder and president of Rodizio Grill. “From our humble beginnings in Denver, Colorado, through our expansion throughout the nation, we’ve always wanted to be able to come here. We’re perfectly delighted to finally realize that dream.”

Located at 1840 S. Val Vista Drive, Rodizio Grill is open for dinner nightly at 5 p.m. through Nov. 23. Beginning Nov. 25, the restaurant will be operating at its normal hours: Monday through Thursday serving dinner from 5 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday serving brunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 3 to 10 p.m.; Sunday serving brunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 3 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit Rodizio.com.

Dana Park keeps growing in Mesa

Other changes to Dana Park include the opening of Relax the Back, a specialty store that sells back support products and self-care solutions for customers seeking relief from back and neck pain. Additionally, there’s been a name change for the former Beauty Spot, now Flow Hair Society. The salon is an approved Aveda Salon Products distributor; a professional hair and skin care line using plant and flower-based products that are good for the environment. 

Daniel Kovacevic, Whitestone REIT regional vice president of the southwest region, said he’s pleased to welcome Rodizio Grill, Relax the Back and Flow Hair Society to Dana Park.

“These exciting new establishments are fantastic additions to Dana Park as we work on perfecting the mix and determining the market needs for this high-profile shopping center,” Kovacevic said. “The Village Square at Dana Park has enormous appeal to locals and East Valley visitors and we are delighted to continue to contribute to the city of Mesa’s economic growth.”

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