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New rodizio restaurant in Palmerton brings the ‘wow’ of Brazil | Poconos and Coal Area

PALMERTON, Pa. – In Portuguese, the language of Brazil, “Uai,” is a phrase of exclamation, a lot as “wow” is in English.

So when Meiriane Pessoa and her husband, Soliney, of Whitehall, determined to open a Brazilian rodizio-style all-you-can-eat restaurant Uai Brasil BBQ in Palmerton, they thought “uai” was an applicable introduction to their meals and repair.

“Uai means if you make an exclamation,” Meiriane Pessoa mentioned. “If I communicate Portuguese with you, you’re going to listen to loads of ‘uai’ when speaking. It’s the place we’re from.”

However “uai” can also relate to the truth that the couple, with no restaurant expertise, has taken such an bold step in a small city.

Uai Brasil BBQ opened April 22 within the former Papa Al’s Pizzeria at 315 Lehigh Ave., subsequent to the Hungarian Membership. (Papa Al’s has moved to 346 Delaware Ave.)

“We by no means deliberate to open an enormous restaurant,” Meiriane Pessoa mentioned. “It was alleged to be, like, 4 tables.

“The primary time is meant to be a small enterprise,” she mentioned. “Simply principally take-outs, stuff like this.”

She mentioned the couple, who’re initially from Brazil and have lived in Whitehall for seven years and in Bethlehem for 10 years earlier than then, obtained the thought from her husband’s love of cooking.

Neither have restaurant expertise; her husband works in development.

“Nothing, by no means,” she mentioned with fun. “No person right here has labored in a restaurant earlier than.”

However “my husband loves making meats and barbecue at dwelling, and everyone mentioned to him, ‘Oh, you do that so good, you need to open a enterprise.’ As a result of he loves to do that. He likes to prepare dinner.”

She mentioned that final October or November, he requested her, “Let’s attempt, let’s open a enterprise.” A good friend of hers purchased the constructing and requested whether or not they wished to hire it.

She mentioned they regarded over the enterprise, “and my husband, he was in love. He mentioned, ‘I need to open one thing right here.’ With out understanding something about Palmerton, as a result of we’ve by no means heard something about Palmerton.”

She mentioned they cleaned and painted the restaurant, “to make the place look extra like us,” and opened with 13 tables.

The thought of the restaurant, she mentioned, is “what we do at dwelling. We attempt to make the individuals really feel at dwelling, in my home, in our home.”

Uai Brasil presents the choice of rodizio service or buffet.

Rodizio ($39.99, or $19.99 for ages 7-10) is all-you-can eat, with meat choices resembling Picanija, ribeye, New York Strip, pork, hen and sausage dropped at the desk and sliced.

The buffet ($17.99) presents black beans with rice, kale, plantain, bacon, carrots, eggs, hen salad, potato salad, tomato and lettuce, and a number of other Brazilian choices. With the buffet, you can also purchase meat at $12.99 per pound for a desk to share.

In addition they have sandwiches and burgers for $8-$13 – although the burgers are also Brazilian and “not like a hamburger from right here,” Pessoa warned.

X-Tudo is a burger lined with egg, bacon, lettuce, tomato, corn and potato stix. X-Bacon is similar with out the egg, and X-Burguer, with out the egg and bacon.

She mentioned the meals is ready merely, with simply oil, garlic and salt.

“It’s mainly all the things you should purchase in a grocery store,” she mentioned. “We use the least from a can a potential. Every part is so contemporary.”

Pessona mentioned Uai Brasil expects to use for an alcohol license quickly; it’s now BYO.

Uai Brasil is open 4-9 p.m. Wednesday via Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday and noon-8 p.m. Sunday. It’s closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

“It’s a shock,” she mentioned. “All people who comes right here from Palmerton and the cities round make us really feel so snug. They inform us, ‘We’d like you guys right here, as a result of we don’t have anyplace else – it’s simply pizza outlets. So Palmerton was a shock to us.

“All people loves our meals. It’s not as a result of I’m from there, however the most effective meals is from Brazil,” she says with fun.

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