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Thursday, March 13, 2008


Amor de Brazil, the restaurant that introduced the churrascaria concept to Greater Cincinnati, has closed. Its last night was March 11. Al Copeland Investments opened the restaurant in Deerfield Township in August 2006, replacing what had been a Copeland’s of New Orleans. The all-you-can-eat grilled meat plus elaborate salad bar concept, which originated in Brazil and Argentina, is popular around the country. Boi na Braza, downtown, is another example of the type.


at 10:40 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

With the holiday on Friday, thanks for the tip on a place to eat.

I've always wanted to try Brazilian.

at 6:44 AM Blogger Cin Twin1 said...

I think I remember seeing Boi Na Braza advertise a happy hour drink and food special? Any details? Haven't been yet because I would feel I would have to eat my weight in meat to justify the cost per person. I am not big on the all you care to eat concept.

at 7:13 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps the concept of gorging on meat is just not gonna play here. I love meat, but honestly, the idea of all you can eat meat lopped off a sword by a travelling waiter just isn't attractive.
And I am serious--when these opened, I thought: Hot Diggety Dog, meat till I drop!
But no, in the end, no appeal.
I loved the print ad: this petite, thin, pretty woman sitting at a table, smiling broadly while the "waiter" stood beside her with a 100 pound hunk of beef on a spit, waiting to lop off large shards onto her plate. It was surreal... LOL...

at 3:13 PM Blogger Kelly said...

"Perhaps the concept of gorging on meat is just not gonna play here."

I think that if it were going to play ANYWHERE, it would play in Cincinnati. Aren't we kind of known for our carnivorousness?

Besides, Boi Na Braza seems to be doing all right - I went there a few weeks ago and it was jam-packed. (But that was the weekend after Valentine's Day, so it might be an exception.)

at 8:46 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

AMORDE BRAZIL closed because the landlord is selling the building

at 2:37 PM Blogger Brian Siegel said...

Wow, Amor de Brazil closed, and I got a gift certificate for there I haven't used from Christmas, wonder how I reconsile this one, ha, gotta love challenges! At least I didn't get a certificate after they closed! Suggestions?

at 2:43 PM Blogger Nicci King said...

You could always try to track down their corporate offices. But many gift cards/certificates leave a loophole for merchants...

And, true to form, I found this on their Web site:

We are sorry, but Gift Card purchases are non-refundable and not redeemable for cash.

However, it looks like their other location is still open. Plan on being in Overland Park, Kansas, anytime soon? :)

at 3:39 PM Blogger Stepf said...

Try selling the gift certificate on eBay. I'm sure someone in Overland Park, Ks., would be happy to buy it! Strange as it sounds, I talked to an eBay expert a couple of months ago who said gift cards and gift certificates are hot items online.

at 6:35 PM Blogger Cin Twin1 said...

I have $75 worth of gift certificates for Vinyl...any takers? I will sell them for half price! :)

at 9:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

We love Boi Na Braza. Just found out they are not going to be open for lunch which was a real bargain.
The meat is tasty, delicious, well prepared and of good quality.
The salad bar is amazing as are the food decorations.
One of our fav special places because you can have chicken, lamb, beef, top sirloin, pork loin, filet mignon, pork ribs, beef ribs and more.
Great place, great service.

at 5:42 PM Blogger Katie said...

My sister's inlaws live in Overland Park, Kansas.

I have no idea if they're big meat eaters, but if the ebay thing doesn't work out, let me know at CiN!

at 5:45 PM Blogger Katie @ CiN said...

In preview I was logged on as katie@cin, but somehow when I hit publish it reverted to my personal account rather than work ... anyway, that is me, katie@cin, above :)

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