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UPDATED: Brazzaz Shutters, Thanks Carnivores After 10 Years of Serving Brazilian Steaks

Was it a federal labor lawsuit that forced the closure?

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UPDATE: The Sun-Times found a federal lawsuit filed against Brazzaz, alleging the restaurant withheld overtime wages. The suit was filed on April 21.

Original story follows:

Sunday marked the final day of operations for Brazzaz Brazilian Steakhouse, the River North steakhouse that opened a decade ago. The phone number's been disconnected and the restaurant notified customers via social media and an email, thanking them for their support. It's not clear the reason behind the shutter.

After our successful 10 years, Brazzaz journey has been complete.We thank you for the best 10 years and your support. ...

Posted by Brazzaz Official Site on Monday, April 27, 2015

Gaucho-style steakhouses soared in popularity in the early 2000s, thanks to Brazzaz, Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse (which continues business in River North) and Texas de Brazil Churrascaria (which has plans to reopen in Streeterville). There's no early word what could replace Brazzaz, which offered an all-you-can eat meat-centric menu (and don't forget the salad bar!). But the property at Grand Avenue and Dearborn Street is definitely a desirable location with high-traffic counts.

Brazzaz Brazilian Steakhouse

539 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60654 (312) 595-9000 Visit Website