2015 Second 100: Why Fogo de Chão is the No. 8 fastest-growing chain

2015 Second 100: Why Fogo de Chão is the No. 8 fastest-growing chain

This is part of Nation’s Restaurant News’ annual Second 100 report, a proprietary census ranking restaurant brands Nos. 101-200 by U.S. systemwide sales and other data. This special report focuses on a smaller, more growth-oriented universe than the Top 100 report.

Brazilian-style churrascaria Fogo de Chao Inc. rose into the Top 10 Growth Chains ranking this year, taking the No. 8 spot in the Latest Year, from No. 24 in the Preceding Year.

The Dallas-based steakhouse operator showed a 22.6-percent increase in U.S. systemwide sales in the Latest Year, increasing to $199.1 million, from $162.4 million in the Preceding Year.

The first Fogo de Chão restaurant opened in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 1979, and the first U.S. unit opened in

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