Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

April 21, 2016
Rodizio Grill to open doors at racetrack by mid-May

Rodizio Grill is coming to Tooele County.

The Utah Motorsports Campus has contracted with Utah-based Rodizio Grill to provide restaurant and catering service for UMC, according to Alan Wilson, UMC’s vice chairman.

“The former clubhouse will no longer be a private club, instead we’ve contracted with Rodizio Grill to open a restaurant in the clubhouse,” he said.

The restaurant will be open to the public, Wilson added.

The restaurant will initially be open for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays with a possible brunch service on Sundays, according to Ivan Utrera, president and founder of Rodizio Grill.

When open, the restaurant will be a typical Rodizio Grill, offering similar service and menu to the Rodizio Grill in Salt Lake City, he said.

Utrera will modify the Rodizio menu and recipes to provide fast casual service at the two cafes at UMC during events, according to Utrera.

While details on hours and prices are still being worked out, Utrera said he expects the prices to be slightly lower than in Salt Lake City.

Plans are to have the restaurant open by the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series on May 21-22, according to Utrera.

“We’re having the grill flown in from Brazil instead of having it shipped by boat,” he said.

Utrera, a native of São Paulo, Brazil, opened his first authentic Brazilian steakhouse in 1995.

The Rodizio Grill at UMC will be the company’s 20th restaurant nationwide, he said.

Rodizio Grill is known for its rotisserie grilled meats, unique salads, and homemade desserts.

Utrera was an obvious choice for UMC food service contract, according to Wilson.

An accomplished racecar driver, Utrera drove and maintained a garage at the former Miller Motorsports Park, Wilson said.

Utrera said his current involvement in racing is sponsoring Bruno Carneiro, a 16-year-old Brazilian-born racecar driver from the Salt Lake Valley.

Carneiro is currently in China competing in the China’s Formula 4 Championship.

Tim Gillie

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Tim covers education, Tooele City government, business, real estate, politics and the state Legislature. He became a journalist after a long career as an executive with the Boy Scouts of America. Tim is a native of Washington state and a graduate of Central Washington University.

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