HOW IT ALL HAPPENED
After growing up in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Marco Rabello and Cristian Maciel were excited when they learned that they had been accepted to attend Park University in Parkville on volleyball scholarships.2002
As they focused on their majors, business administration and international business, their love of the area grew and they knew they would like to stay after college, but they never imagined that a culinary career would be the path they ended up on.2006
Initially, they wanted to open a Brazilian coffee shop but when they visited the City Market in Kansas City and saw the wide variety of ethnic restaurants they decided that the area would be a good place to offer their authentic Brazilian cuisine.2013
Maciel says he and Rabello’s 30-year friendship has been made even stronger by their business ventures. “Marco is the brain of our operation and I am the heart,” says Maciel. “There is a balance. When you work hard and do the right thing, doors open for you.”2021
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