The Fogo de Chão in Minneapolis is located in the famous Hennepin Theatre District at City Center. ICI completed the build-out of this 9,700 SF space in 23 weeks. Particularly challenging was the installation of a striking new storefront on two, 2-story, elevations, totaling almost 14,000 SF, during a brutal Minnesota winter.
Being located within a fully operational shopping mall, and with parking garage floors directly above and below the space, ICI was faced with multiple challenges. The standard charcoal grill used in all previous locations could not be installed because the kitchen did not have space for the exhaust filtration unit. ICI met this challenge by recommending the use of a gas grill, the first of its kind to be used in a Fogo de Chão restaurant. Additionally, all underground work had to be performed during off-hours to ensure the safety of pedestrians and public property.
Because of the valuable skills of ICI’s project management and field staff, the restaurant was able to re-use existing hoods and mechanical equipment, returning substantial savings to the Owner. In addition, our field staff was instrumental in the installation of the rotisserie grill at the entrance. By working closely with the Mechanical Engineer, who was headquartered out-of-state, we were able to determine an interior exit route for the grease duct, as an exterior shaft was not an option.
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