After watching the Nando's PERi PERi's storefront gradually come together at 1800 N. Lynn St. just across the street from the Rosslyn Metro, we can at last enjoy their mouth-watering flame-grilled chicken. The South African-Portuguese restaurant opened Monday, March 12, at Central Place Plaza in Downtown Rosslyn.
"Ever since we opened in the D.C. area a decade ago, Nando’s Virginia fans have been incredibly supportive,” John Fisher, CEO of Nando’s PERi-PERi, said in a press release. “Our new Rosslyn location provides us with the perfect opportunity to share our fiery PERi-PERi flavors with an even greater Northern Virginia audience.”
The first Nando’s restaurant opened in 1987 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Since then, Nando’s has opened locations in 23 countries on five continents. Nando’s is known worldwide for its succulent PERi-PERi chicken, marinated for 24 hours then flame-grilled and basted to the customer’s preferred flavor and spice. Nando's is renowned for its spicy PERi-PERi, the Bird’s Eye chili pepper that indigenous Africans introduced to the Portuguese centuries ago.
The Rosslyn Nando’s is the restaurant's 41st location in the U.S. Its interior features bold colors and designs, including a portrait by self-taught Johannesburg artist Nqabutho Phakathi.
Nando’s will hold a charity Grand Opening for the new Rosslyn location on April 12, with appearances by star players from D.C. United. From 2-8 p.m., soccer stars including defenders Kofi Opare and Frédéric Brillant, midfielders Paul Arriola and Russell Canouse, goalkeeper Steve Clark and forward Darren Mattocks—will man the Nando’s grills. In addition, throughout the day Nando’s and D.C. United will raffle off a signed team item and a pair of tickets to the D.C. United v. Columbus Crew SC match on April 14 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md.
All proceeds from the day's sales on April 12 will benefit D.C. United’s charity partner DC SCORES, an award-winning youth development nonprofit that offers free after-school soccer and literacy programming to at-risk D.C.-area youth.
The Rosslyn location is open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Click here to receive a free voucher. Online ordering is encouraged. Click here to order online.
Welcome to the neighborhood, Nando's!