Boiada Brazilian Grill coming to downtown Spokane

<p><p>A Kennewick-based Brazilian steakhouse is coming to downtown Spokane.</p></p><p><p>Boiada Brazilian Grill co-owners Josiane Ballin and Hélio Vieira are opening the restaurant in the more than 7,000-square-foot building currently occupied by Maracas Mexican Restaurant at 245 W. Spokane Falls Boulevard.</p></p><p><p>Maracas will be vacating the building this week, and renovations are slated to begin Monday to make way for the Brazilian grill, Vieira said.</p></p><p><p>“We think it will be a great fit because of the style and way that we serve,” Vieira said. “We think it will be well accepted by Spokane.”</p></p><p><p>Brazilian steakhouses – also known as churrascarias – are unique in how they serve meals.</p></p><p><p>Servers rotate throughout the restaurant bringing large skewers of various slow-roasted meats to diners’ tables. The meats are then sliced directly onto diners’ plates.</p></p><p><p>Boiada Brazilian Grill features rodizio churrasco – or all-you-can-eat Brazilian barbeque – with various meats, including flank steak, filet mignon, ribeye, lamb chops and bacon wrapped chicken. The restaurant also offers a salad buffet, desserts, fine wines and Brazilian-inspired cocktails.</p></p><p><p>It was a dream of both Vieira and Ballin to open a Brazilian steakhouse.</p></p><p><p>Vieira has been in the restaurant industry since 2004, starting his career in the kitchen of a Brazilian steakhouse and working his way up to general manager.</p></p><p><p>Ballin, whose background is in project management, worked in the education, oil and gas, and nonprofit industries while waiting for the right opportunity to open a restaurant.</p></p><p><p>In 2019, the Brazilian natives and business partners opened Boiada Brazilian Grill at 8418 W. Gage Blvd. in Kennewick.</p></p><p><p>Since opening, the restaurant’s rodizio churrasco concept has generated a positive response from the Tri-Cities community, Ballin said.</p></p><p><p>Benton City-based Cardenas All Around Construction and Remodel is the contractor for Boiada Brazilian Grill in Spokane.</p></p><p><p>Eighty8 Architecture, of Spokane, is designing the restaurant, according to a permit application filed with the city.</p></p><p><p>Maracas Mexican Restaurant was not immediately available for comment on closure of its downtown location.</p></p><p><p>Boiada Brazilian Grill’s downtown Spokane location is expected to open in 60 to 90 days, Vieira said.</p></p><p><p>“It’s about building an experience,” Vieira said of the restaurant. “People come for their celebrations, birthdays and for business. We make sure we do whatever we can to exceed customer expectations.”<span class=”print_trim”><em>Amy Edelen can be reached at (509) 459-5581 or at</em></span></p></p>