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Fogo de Chão

A complete redesign of both the front façade and an interior build-out of Fogo De Chao, a Brazilian Churrascaria, this $6.7 million renovation at the JW Marriott forms a bridge between the luxurious and the historical, breathing new life into a classic destination. 

By removing the top pediment and existing balconies, maximizing and vertically realigning the openings, and creating new, continuous balconies, the exterior renovation allows guests to experience the world-class cuisine of Fogo de Chao while enjoying views of downtown New Orleans.

Due to the long and linear nature of the space, the interior intervention also sought to establish a clear and logical entry sequence. Upon entry, the guest gets a glimpse of all key elements within the restaurant including the market table, bar, grill and wine display. The patron is greeted by the hostess station, which has a backdrop of rotated vertical wood slats that speak to traditional plantation shutters. Dominating the space is a monumental stair overlooking the Market Table. The ephemeral stair delicately descends from the second floor and lightly touches the shifted wood slab base which serves as a seating area near the bar. The raw interior finishes and strong geometric patterns draw inspiration from the Brazilian Gaucho or cowboy and the French Quarter. These include dark oak, slate, walnut stained ash, blackened steel and white Carrara marble. Signature branding elements such as silhouettes of the Araucaria tree, wine barrel décor, red and blue accents, wood slat ceilings, and black and white photography were also included in the space.

Location: New Orleans, LA Map This Location
Size: 13,600 square feet
Year of Completion: 2016
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