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Real Fire Brazilian Grill Will Offer New Atmosphere

The restaurant is set to open up in March in the old Bill Bateman’s location.

Real Fire Brazilian Grill owner Arlin Bleclic said he thinks area residents are ready for a different and exciting dining option—and that’s exactly what they are going to get with his new restaurant, set to open at the end of March.

Real Fire Brazilian Grill is slated to fill the old Bill Bateman’s location and will offer Brazilian style meats and pizzas served Rodizio style.

Bleclic explained that after customers are seated, servers will bring out all sorts of side dishes and diners will be given red and green cards, which single stop and go.

“The cards tell the servers when to come around and serve you,” Bleclic said. “They have skewers with different kinds of meat—chicken, sausage, pork—and they do the same thing with the pizza. We have several different styles.”

Bleclic, an Arnold resident, owned a Brazilian restaurant in Baltimore several years ago and has owned several restaurants in Brazil, where his wife is from. He said he has been looking for an ideal location to open Real Fire Brazilian Grill.

“I was looking for a restaurant that had a Brazilian flavor to it,” Bleclic said. “The old Bateman’s place has that style and lends itself to the atmosphere and type of restaurant we will be.”

It is well known around town that businesses in that location on Mitchells Chance Road tend to struggle. Within the last couple of years, two restaurants have closed.

Bleclic said he thinks Real Fire Brazilian Grill brings something different than the building’s previous tenants. He calls the restaurant a destination spot.

“The only Brazilian restaurants around are in Virginia, DC and Baltimore. There is nothing really like this close by,” Bleclic said. “I think we will be kind of a destination spot for a lot of people looking for this style of service and restaurant that don’t want to go to the bigger chain for whatever reasons.”

When it comes to getting people in the door, Bleclic said they are prepared to spread the word and provide quality service that will make people want to return. He sees Real Fire Brazilian Grill as an opportunity to offer something unique.

“I have been to a lot of restaurants in Annapolis and Edgewater and I haven’t been impressed with a lot of places,” Bleclic said. “I think we need something different and exciting. And I think this may fill that niche.”

Real Fire Brazilian Grill on March 30 and March 31. It will open for good April 1.

See Also:

  • Real Fire Brazilian Grill Coming to Edgewater

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Gail abjornson March 13, 2013 at 11:28 AM
I wish the restaurant good luck
GG Chet March 13, 2013 at 12:35 PM
oh my goodness....this is sooooo exciting. I suspect it will be pricey & awesome. For anyone who has been to Fogo de Chao....you know what to expect. The rest of you...your in for a treat!!!!!
lmcat March 13, 2013 at 01:05 PM
This is great!!! Is very different!!! I can't wait!!!!
TM March 13, 2013 at 01:12 PM
First 3 posts positive this time awesome - yes we are VERY grateful for the change. Batemans failed because it was simply horrible. Not even a shadow of their primary location which isn't anything to write home about in the first place. I've already made reservations for the grand opening - can't wait to review on Yelp.com! D. Food Snob, PhD is coming!!!! ;)
TM March 13, 2013 at 01:25 PM
Arlin I have a local website business - I'll email you the info if you need help there. Best, TM
Arlin March 13, 2013 at 01:47 PM
Thanks everyone ...
A.S March 13, 2013 at 01:52 PM
Can't wait to try it. I went to a Brazilian restaurant in philly and it was amazing. I'm thrilled that something different is opening in Edgewater.
Friedrich March 13, 2013 at 05:04 PM
It's great a new type of restaurant is opening there, its just the costs. Lunch is $24.40 or if you go for the salad bar and pizza rodizio its $14.50 & dinner is $38.50 or salad bar and pizza rodizio is $19.95. So a family of 4 adults with a full lunch is $97.60, go for the salad Bar and Pizza Rodizio only, its $58. Dinner, same family of 4 is $154.00 or salad bar and pizza rodizio only is $79.80. These are the costs before taxes, tips & drinks. Really don't think that an average family can afford these prices to eat here very often. With the location & on street advertising already against this new restaurant before it even opens it has one foot in the grave. What was really needed here is a restaurant that serves great food, has great service & is affordable, especially for the average family. Wish the new restaurant luck in this tough economy with those prices !
TM March 13, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Friedrich, have you been to the mall on a Tuesday around 2/3pm? You can't find a parking spot to save your life. I'm not sure where you're at but the economy around here isn't exactly that strapped. Go to Vin 909 on a Friday or Saturday night and try to get a table. The Steakhouse and Fuji are not any cheaper and try to get in there on a Friday or Saturday night.. The demographic of this place clearly isn't targeted at everyone but the LAST thing we needed in Edgewater was another Old Country Buffet or Friendlys or ANY sameness chain restaurant like Olive Garden or far worse Golden Corral. If it's too pricey or too 'exotic' for you then you aren't the target demographic....
TM March 13, 2013 at 05:48 PM
Folks travel quite a distance to go to Old Stein because it has something you can't find anywhere else (albeit I think their food is mediocre to outright awful). I believe that's the goal of the this place as the other options for Annapolitans et al is VA or Baltimore. I don't know about you but there isn't a single reason I'd ever go to Baltimore to eat and VA is even more out of the question. It'll be a challenge for them - but all this doomsayer prognostication doesn't look at the potential upside and that is more dollar traffic through the area from out of the area. I sincerely doubt they're after the business of the shirtless pickup truck driver driving around Woodland Beach all day...
Friedrich March 13, 2013 at 07:50 PM
TM... if you think i'm a shirtless pickup driver driving around woodland beach your wrong, i'm an average person with an average family, lived here for 30 years & run a small business. Don't go to the Mall on a Tues or any day around 2/3 pm, too busy working to make a living. Do dine at the Old Stien Inn but for a lot less with great food & great service. Good luck to the new restaurant, they'll need it.
RGM March 13, 2013 at 08:28 PM
TM seems to be trying to get a job there. You are right, it might be good for those born with a Silver Spoon in their mouths and a Gold BMW in their garages bur most folks here have a family of 4+ and work at local business like KMart or Jiffy Lube
D.W. March 15, 2013 at 03:21 PM
Well, there's always Sonic!
Stanley Davis March 15, 2013 at 05:43 PM
i have never seen so many people comment on somewhere they have never been before ..... lighten up people ..... Edgewater is a great place and we'll support those who deserve it ...... look at Stan and Joe's ....... shockers couldn't make it because they just didn't fit ...... Stan and Joe's is local and they give back to the community ...... if this place knows it's clientele than i guarantee it can make ..... let's all try it once and give them a chance ........ here's hoping the wait staff is " HOT" .....LOL.............. i'll be there as soon as you get a liquor license or i can bring my own ....... remember ...... this is Edgewater ......... we do drink some Beer !!!
david March 16, 2013 at 02:48 PM
Arlin, I wish you success in your new restaurant. If you are going to fly a foreign flag on a single flag pole, protocol requires flying an American flag above the foreign flag. Again, let me wish you success.....Dave
Arlin March 16, 2013 at 03:38 PM
It is in the works flag should be here shortly.
Mike H March 17, 2013 at 11:43 AM
The other Brazilian joints in DC and B-more are never struggling for customers. This isn't an every week restaurant. It's like Ruth's Chris, a nice place when you are looking for something special. Tough economy or not, people still go out to "nice" dinners for birthdays and such.
Mike H March 17, 2013 at 11:46 AM
I couldn't agree more. We need places like this to expand our local palate and to bring a change in food culture away from crappy slophouses like OCB and golden corral.
Mike H March 17, 2013 at 11:54 AM
I disagree with that. I wasn't born with a silver spoon, and I don't have a gold BMW, I live in londontown and I have a family but my wife and I have professional jobs as do pretty much most people I hang out with from the neighborhood. This place has homes ranging from 150k-500k, and you can't afford the top end working at K-Mart or jiffy lube. I go to fuji or nova, which is in this price range about twice a month, I could see sliding in this place every once in a while.
Mike H March 17, 2013 at 12:01 PM
Can't wait for this place. I am so happy to see that it is something different and a little more ethnic. I love Edgewater but the food here lacks a lot. I hope people here realize that there is more to a good meal than the steakhouse provides.
Edgewater Dog March 17, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Can't Wait! Sounds like an awesome restrauant for Edgewater!
Friedrich April 02, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Your still not flying an American Flag ....
Robin Anderson April 03, 2013 at 11:50 AM
So has anyone been? What's the word? How's it going so far? I hope to go next week sometime.
Friedrich April 03, 2013 at 01:42 PM
Saw your flying it now, Thanks Arlin. We do plan on trying out this restaurant in the near future, once your opening is behind you. We've lived here 30 years & its a great community, it has become more diverse & the economy is a lot tougher but we do like to eat out once in a while & if the food & service are great we will return. From some of the reviews, it does seem fun & different & we hope that when we come it is as you have described.
Harry Balzonia April 06, 2013 at 02:24 PM
We went there last night for dinner and were very pleased. At first glance, I thought the salad bar looked a little small, but it was well stocked and I ended up eating more than I intended. The variety and taste of the various meats was really great. I only had one slice of pizza (wanted to save my appetite for meat!), and it was pretty good. The wait staff was great, and we were checked on frequently by a few people I assume were owners or managers to make to ask how we were enjoying our meals. It sure beats driving to Baltimore or DC to eat at Fogo de Chao! And it's right in our backyard! I hope they are successful.
Bella April 07, 2013 at 12:57 AM
I never do reviews but decided I had to share this one. My husband and I have been to Fogo de Chao plenty of times and know what a Brazilian steakhouse is like. For the price here, it's well worth it. The cuts of meat could have been better marinated and juicier but they were still pretty good. We like ours medium well.The pizza was amazing and the salad bar could've had better options or maybe a better display but what it did offer was pretty good as well. I guess I'm a bit biased because Fogo de Chao tends to spoil you but you do pay a hefty price!! So if you're in the mood for some good pieces of steak and maybe some pizza for the kiddies this is definitely the place to try. Our waitress who had only been there a day, made it seem like she had been there since they opened. She was super friendly,knowledgeable and even though we were in a large booth in a corner, she made sure we were taken care of. The men passing around the meats could've picked up the pace and been more attentive but the rest of the staff was awesome. I highly recommend the Guarana which is a Brazilian soda. I'm sure, as the owner has pointed out, when all the kinks are worked out this place will be a hit. My husband and I are always looking for new places to eat out with friends and I have to agree the one's here locally aren't that great. Will definitely be returning with the familia and friends. Oh and btw some homemade hot sauce and peppers would knock it out of the park for us :)
TM April 07, 2013 at 01:07 AM
With the exception of possibly the Ribeye none of those cuts of meat on their menu would stand up to med-well cooking without drying completely out - it's a simple matter of science honestly. Alot of what we had last Saturday was overcooked by accident I'm 99% certain. I'm glad to hear positive experiences coming out since the opening even if some of these reviews are - how do I say this humbly? - well I can't - a bit skewed... ;)
Bella April 07, 2013 at 01:37 AM
@TM well i guess idk what they give us at Fogo de Chao but we always ask for med well and all the cuts of meat are never overcooked and really juicy. But i do have to agree with you that the meat might be overcooked. Sorry if my review seems a bit skewed to you. Just giving my honest opinion.
TM April 09, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Bella don't mind me - I'm just a less-than-humble self-proclaimed food snob. Harmless otherwise - your feedback is valuable for sure in the overall scheme of things ;)
Brian Strausser April 14, 2013 at 10:11 PM
I ate there last night....the food was awesome!

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