Tucanos slated to open new location at University Place in 2017



Fire up the grill, Orem — Tucanos Brazilian Grill is opening a new Utah County location at University Place.

Tucanos, which serves an exhibition-style meal of Brazilian meat and vegetables alongside a salad bar, will begin construction on a 7,500 square foot restaurant at University Place in the fall with an anticipated completion date sometime in 2017.

“We are looking forward to the opportunity to grow within University Place,” said Steve Oldham, Tucanos president, in a press release. “Utah is where we started, and we are excited to bring the fun and festivity of Rio de Janeiro to Orem. The new location at University Place will allow us greater seating capacity and an ability to provide even better service for our Utah County guests in an updated and vibrant atmosphere.”

The University Place location will be able to accommodate more than 300 guests at one time. It will include two private dining areas, a 1,000 square foot covered patio, an indoor/outdoor fireplace and an outside fountain.

“Tucanos is the exact type of restaurant we were hoping to attract to University Place.” —Randy Woodbury, president of Woodbury Corporation

The first Tucanos was opened in Provo in 2000, and the popular restaurant frequently has a long wait. Tucanos has nine other locations across the Utah States, but only one other location in Utah, which is in Salt Lake.

University Place officially broke ground on its $500 million renovation project in Feb. 2015. The business, formally known as University Mall, is owned and developed by Woodbury Corporations. Some of the new restaurants that are already opened include Black Bear Diner, Chipotle, a drive-thru Starbucks and more. The development will also include apartment complexes, an outdoor music venue, more retail space and more.

“Tucanos is the exact type of restaurant we were hoping to attract to University Place,” said Randy Woodbury, president of Woodbury Corporation, in a press release. “We believe our current and future office partners, residential partners, and shoppers will enjoy having such a popular restaurant within walking distance.”

Learn more about the University Place development at universityplaceorem.com.

Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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