A new concept restaurant is coming to the former Old Country Buffet in Wyomissing. The unique restaurant blends the feel of a Brazilian steakhouse with Pennsylvania Dutch cooking.
Fogo de Chow Chow is the brainchild of Bobby “B.S.” Stoltzfus, who said he got the idea after eating at a Brazilian steakhouse near Philadelphia.
“I ain’t never seen anything like it,” he said. “We used to go the smorgasbords, but they were too much work. You had to get up and fetch some more food every time.
“Then I went to this Brazilian place and they brought everything to me and didn’t stop once now.”
Fogo de Chow Chow takes the Brazilian steakhouse and Dutchifies it, as Stoltzfus says.
“We give everyone a card with a hex sign on it,” he said. “When you want more, just turn up the green side. And when you’re done, just turn up the red side.
“But we’ll keep bringing more anyhow because even when you say ‘I’m full,’ we know you can eat it.”
At many Brazilian steakhouses, the meat is delivered on skewers or swords, but Stoltzfus says his servers, dressed in suspenders and straw hats, will deliver it on pitchforks.
“We’ll have steaks and pork chops done Dutchy style — always well done with a little salt…heck, we salt everything, even the salad…Then we’ll give you some of our specialties like ham balls, scrapple and stuffed pig’s stomach. And you’ll get to taste fancy foods like groundhog legs and roast pigeon.”
But what about the namesake chow chow? Stoltzfus says you won’t be disappointed.
“Our salad bar’s got lots of good stuff like chow chow, dandelions with hot bacon dressing, and waffles for your chicken.”
Then there’s dessert: shoo-fly pie, funny cake, A.P. and lots of it.
“If you leave here hungry, you ain’t right.”
The restaurant expects to open sometime this summer, though a soft opening could come as early as June.
“I can’t wait for everyone to try our food,” said Stoltzfus. “You’ll get plenty of bull at our steakhaus, or my name ain’t B.S.”
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