Braza Grill is owned by J.R. Lopez, a native of Brazil who has lived in Utah for more than a dozen years.

Lopez originally opened an import store aptly named Made in Brazil, but decided he could make more money with a restaurant.  After selling his import store he opened Braza Grill, a churrascaria modeled after barbeque restaurants in his homeland, with a buffet of hot and cold foods and meats hot off the grill, carried about the room by servers who slice off as much as diners want.

It’s not a unique concept in the United States or Utah.  A wave of churrascaria fever has swept the nation since around 1999.