Brazilian steakhouse will open this summer on Ingersoll Avenue
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A South American restaurant will be the first retail tenant in the soon-to-open Soll residential building on Ingersoll Avenue.
BAH Brazilian Steakhouse is leasing the space on the west end of the ground floor of the apartment building at 2301 Ingersoll Ave. Owner Fabricio Floriani said the restaurant is expected to open this summer.
It will feature a Brazilian barbecue known as churrasco that includes a variety of meats stacked on metal skewers and cooked on a charcoal grill.
The beef, pork, chicken, lamb and a specially made pork sausage is carved table-side by Brazilian cowboys called gauchos, Floriani said. The meat is always hot off the grill, he said.
The menu also will offer appetizers, side dishes and drinks including caipirinha, a popular Brazilian cocktail made with cachaça (fermented sugar cane juice), lime and sugar.
A salad bar will have 25 or 30 offerings and side dishes will include rice, beans, mashed potatoes and Brazilian specialities like hearts of palm, quail eggs, cheese breads, fried polenta, empanadas and fried bananas, he said.
The all-you-can-eat barbecue with the salad bar will cost about $40 a person. "You can try it all," he said.
Floriani said he chose the Soll “because the building design complements our concept very well, blending raw features with Brazilian touches.”
Floriani is originally from southern Brazil where barbecue is popular. He plans to use charcoal to cook the meats, which he said gives it a better flavor than using a gas grill.
A materials engineer by trade, Floriani said he came to the United States in 2012 to work. Brazilian barbecue was only available in larger cities and he wanted to offer it in Des Moines.
"It is hard for us to live abroad because we miss some parts of our culture," he said. "You can go to Chicago, Kansas, Minneapolis and they offer it. But around Des Moines it's hard to find one."
The restaurant's name is also a nod to his Brazilian heritage. Floriani said the phrase "bah" is used as way to acknowledge something someone says.
"Bah is one of the most used expressions in southern Brazil. Depending on the inflection, it could be a positive or negative comment," he said.
The restaurant will be open for dinner hours, he said.
Roer Cos. of Minnesota is building Soll, a residential development that includes 165 junior suites and one- and two-bedroom apartments. The four-story building sits on the spot where the China One Buffet operated before closing in 2016 after a fire forced the restaurant out.
Soll also offers parking, a glass-walled hot tub that faces Ingersoll Avenue and a rooftop patio. About 20 percent of the units have been pre-leased. The building is expected to open June 1. Rents range from $985 to $1,665 a month.
Roer Cos. also is opening Flux, a five-story apartment building with 90 units at 1400 Walnut St., which opens this month. Roer opened Confluence on 3rd last year at 103 S.W. Third St. that has 211 apartments.