Rodizio Grill filling empty space at Shops at Riverwoods


Rodizio Grill is opening its fourth Utah location at the Shops at Riverwoods in Provo, Utah. (Photo courtesy Rodizio Grill Facebook)

Rodizio Grill is opening its fourth Utah location at the Shops at Riverwoods in Provo, Utah this summer.

The Brazilian steakhouse currently has locations at Trolley Square in Salt Lake, American Fork and at Utah Motorsports Campus. 

“I was thrilled when Riverwoods approached me with the opportunity to bring Rodizio Grill to my hometown of Provo,” said David Knighton, owner of Rodizio Grill – Provo, in a press release. “I’ve always loved this community, and have enjoyed working with the owners of the Shops at Riverwoods.”

Knighton, who also owns the American Fork location as well as a restaurant in Pensacola, Florida, grew up just two miles from the Shops at Riverwoods. He adopted a love for Brazilian cuisine when his father was called to serve a three-year assignment in Rio de Janeiro for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The entire family moved to Brazil. Knighton continued his Portuguese immersion later by serving for two years in Portugal and Cape Verde, Africa.

Rodizio Grill is known for its rotisserie-grilled meat carved tableside by traditionally-dressed Gauchos. The restaurant includes a salad bar, seasonal fruits and vegetables, and authentic hot side dishes. It also has a wide selection of tropical juices, homemade Brazilian Limeades, signature cocktails and Brazilian wine. 

“We are very excited to add Rodizio Grill to the Shops at Riverwoods,” said JJ Haering, director of leasing at the Shops at Riverwoods, in a press release. “We have worked tirelessly since 2009, on transforming the center into a stronger community asset. We feel Rodizio Grill recognized this and will be a very powerful addition. We could not be more thrilled to have Rodizio Grill join us!”

The restaurant will occupy a nearly 7,000-square-foot dining space left vacant by Tucanos, which has moved to University Place in Orem, Utah. 

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 for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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