A new Brazilan steak house is set to break ground in the coming weeks at the First & Main shopping center on Powers Boulevard.
Developer Nor’Wood, who owns the center, will own the $ 7 million restaurant, which will be built by Cristofferson Builders, and lease it back to Tucanos.
Tucanos Brazilian grill has locations in Provo and Salt Lake, Utah; Albuequerque, N.M., and Boise, Idaho.
While the company is based just south of Denver, the Colorado Springs restaurant will be the first in the state.
“We’ve been looking at Colorado Springs for a long time,” said Tucanos owner Steve Oldham. “It’ll be nice to get a little closer to home.”
He said the Colorado Springs market was appealing because the city has a large population, and Tucanos will be the first Brazilian steak house in the area. Brazilian steak houses are known for their all-you can eat meats.
Patrons have an opportunity to try different cuts of beef, pork, poultry and fish in a “keep-it-coming” atmosphere.
Oldham said the price point will be $20 at dinner and $14 at lunch with children under 6 eating for free.
Those not in the mood for meat will be able to order from a regular hot entrée menu or enjoy the “salad fiesta,” an endless array of traditional Brazilian salads, fruits, vegetables and even sushi, Oldham said.
It’s a different and intriguing restaurant concept.
“We tend to draw from long distances, Oldham said. “I think we’ll be able to draw from a lot of areas at that location.”
He said First & Main has grown into a significant entertainment center, people are familiar with the development and he’s confident that it’s a location Tucanos will be able to advertise.
Oldham lived in Brazil for three years himself and when he set out to recreate the Brazilian steakhouse in the United States, he decided to name the restaurant Tucanos.
“Tucanos is plural for Toucan in Portuguese,” Oldham said. “We think the Toucan is actually very representative of our festive, and upbeat, yet refined atmosphere in the restaurant.”