Fazenda, the Brazilian rodizio and steak house concept, is opening a site in Edinburgh, while focusing on sister brand Picanha for further expansion, MCA has learnt.

The large 170 cover Fazenda site will open towards the end of the year in the city’s George Street and will be the group’s fourth under the upmarket concept.

Meanwhile founder Tomas Maunier said he was looking at a number of towns in cities across North and UK for Picanha, including York, Wakefield, Nottingham, Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff.

He said Picanha, which is aimed at families and couples, operated in smaller sites, giving him greater flexibility than Fazenda.

He said: “I’m constantly looking for new sites, though I’m not prepared to take the wrong location and jeapordize growth. We get offered a lot but people are asking for silly money at the moment. We are happy to be patient.”

Mauniet said Picanha, which is named aftet a prime brazilian cut of lean beef, and is a slightly more affordable and casual rodizio then Fazenda, enjoyed a strong debut in Chester late last year.

He said: “The reception was really great because we are already well known and have strong brand recognition across the North with Fazenda. It’s a very simple concept and people understand it straight away.”

Maunier, who also has a casual dining concept Bossa with a single site in Leeds, runs the restaurants under City District Ltd.