ICI’s second project for Fogo de Chão is located in the historic Evening Star Building of Washington, DC, five blocks from the White House. This two-level, 17,000 SF, restaurant was the first project ICI completed as Fogo de Chão’s Construction Manager. ICI assisted the Owner with architectural selection, managed the proposal and selection process and held the contract of the selected firm, Adamstein & Demetriou.
Because of the building’s historical value and prominence, design was subject to more than the usual agencies. The Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB), the National Capitol Planning Commission and the Commission of Fine Arts, all had to approve plans for the building.
Two floors of space afford the restaurant space for two separate dining areas and a soaring wine cellar. To accommodate dining on two floors, ICI installed two separate grills and two, 26-foot-long custom-made salad bars. Hanging light fixtures over both dining rooms create a soft light, inviting guests to enjoy an indulgent experience.
As guests approach the building, they are greeted by a Beaux-Arts style façade, alluring them into a beautiful space featuring large murals depicting ranch life in Southern Brazil.
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