Rodizio president: Franchisee violation leads to closure of Carmel restaurant


Rodizio Grill, a national Brazilian steakhouse chain, closed its Carmel location in December after opening in March.

The chain, which served unlimited table-side rotisserie-cooked meats, was in the former Romano’s Macaroni Grill space at 2375 East 116th St.

The franchisee, Clearwater Hospitality Group, closed locations in Carmel, Cleveland and Cincinnati.

“That franchisee was in violation of our franchise agreement and we were forced to terminate the franchise agreement,” Rodizio founder and President Ivan Utrera said in a statement.

Rodizio has 22 locations in 13 states.

The chain launched in 1995 and offers a gourmet salad bar, Brazilian side dishes and desserts.

This isn’t the only noticeable vacancy in the area of 116th Street just west of Keystone Parkway. Zhu Lan, an Asian buffet that was at 2293 E 116th S, has been closed for more than a year, and a for lease sign remains in front of the building on the south side of 116th Street. Directly across 116th Street, Marsh Supermarkets is a noticeable vacancy after the company closed its stores in May.