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Nando’s Peri Peri Plans June Opening in Pentagon City

by ARLnow.com May 18, 2012 at 10:55 am 8,202 37 Comments

Nando’s Peri Peri is opening its first Virginia location next month in Pentagon City.

The restaurant, which is currently under construction on Pentagon Row in the old PR Grill space, is expected to open on June 13 after two days of mock service. The company has several locations in the District and Maryland, but this will be the first Nando’s Peri Peri in Virginia. A location is also planned for Old Town Alexandria.

In addition to its signature Portuguese chicken offerings, the Nando’s menu includes sandwiches, wraps, pitas, sides, salads and “appeteasers.” The restaurant also serves wine, beer and sangria.

In a press release, the company said it’s planning to expand beyond the D.C. area.

These openings mark the beginning of an East Coast expansion of the flame-grilled Portuguese chicken restaurant, which is close to announcing several new leases.

The first Nando’s Peri Peri opened its doors in 1987 outside of Johannesburg, South Africa. Since then, Nando’s Peri Peri has opened restaurants in 34 countries and five continents. Today, it has over 850 restaurants located around the world. Nando’s Peri Peri made its USA debut in 2008, when it opened its first US location on 7th Street in Washington, DC’s Chinatown.  Since then, Nando’s has gone on to open six additional locations based in and around the Washington, DC Metropolitan area, including Dupont Circle, Silver Spring, Annapolis, Bethesda, Gaithersburg, and the National Harbor.

The Pentagon Row location is currently hiring full-time and part-time cashiers and grillers, the company said.

  • Meh

    Incredibly expensive compared with any of the places with “Pollo” in their name.

    • CourthouseChris

      They sell a different product.

      • Uh, not really

        It’s roast chicken. And to my tongue the peruvian rotisserie variety tastes better.

        • CourthouseChris

          So your saying it’s not a different product, but you find differences between the two products?

          • hoyacougar

            Uh is saying that they both serve roast chicken. Are you saying that’s not true? Your posts are the ambiguous ones here…

          • bert

            that’s like comparing indian curry to thai curry. two completely different things.

          • Uh, not really

            I think those two curries are far different from one another than are Nando’s/XX Pollo, because the latter’s flavor is mostly defined by the chicken, rather than a sauce. But I also just prefer the super-spicy, crispy chicken you get at the pollo places. Plus I like their sides better. And the fact that it’s only $5-$6 is even better.

            $30 for two people is what I normally pay at a sit-down restaurant. (The lady and I are not big boozers.)

          • bert

            ok then, it’s like comparing american fried chicken to the korean fried chicken (for example, Bon-Chon). They’re different.

            Also, Peri-Peri has other menu options while many Peruvian chicken places do not. You also won’t walk out of there smelling like your food.

          • CourthouseChris

            Bert makes an excellent comparison.

            No one is saying Nando’s doesn’t sell chicken, not sure where you got that.

          • hoyacougar

            I’m simply saying that you put words in Uh’s mouth. He clearly thinks they are both roast chicken. You didn’t address that point. If you think the product is different, maybe you should’ve told us what the difference is.

          • CW

            Ok, let me just clarify this for everyone. Chicken prepared in the manner employed by El Pollo Rico kicks the hell out of chicken prepared in the manner employeed by Nando’s when judged using the human palate. Happy?

          • WeiQiang

            When you say “chicken” …

          • 1RLI

            In your opinion…

        • PrivateCaboose

          Actually, it’s flame grilled chicken. So that’s like saying a grilled chicken is the same as a roasted chicken. The flavor is different because they are cooked differently.

  • 1RLI

    This is great news. I just hope they are able to produce as good a chicken meal here as they do in RSA!

  • jigga

    jigga aint liking this chicken joint

  • LP

    Nando’s is great – can’t wait!

  • John

    I was at their new East London location last week. The queue was 45 minutes to get in and the food was mediocre. I’ll stick with El Pollo Rico.

    • WeiQiang

      Yes, but was there a line out the door, brah?

    • craig

      The queue? You Canadian ?

      • John

        never been to Canada

    • ArlingtonWay

      Did you take the lorry there and call ahead on your mobile?

      • EastEnder

        I took the lift, m’self. It’s right downstairs.

  • CourthouseChris

    Nando’s is great, I’ve eaten at their Connecticut Ave, Chinatown, and Silver Spring locations and they never disappoint.

    Try a sandwich with the optional grilled-cheese addition, it’s fantastic!

  • Nicole

    I love Nando’s and am very excited. Used to eat at the one in Dupont a lot when I worked nearby. My husband loves their chicken livers. Peri Peri!

  • bert

    It’s not Peruvian chicken, and the prices are very reasonable considering it’s a pretty nice setting for good food. Wine selection and sangrias are good, too. A meal for two including some drinks average $30. I’ve never had to wait for a table at any location I’ve been to in DC.

  • Rick

    Is this a quick-service or a sit-down kinda place?

    • bert

      both…when you walk in, the host gives you a table number, then you order at the counter, and you go to your table to wait for your food to arrive.

  • nom de guerre

    Does anyone know if the business will be LEED Certified?

    Will this location result in at least 75 “new jobs” in Arlington?

    Will Nando’s provide affordable housing for its employees so they can live close to where they work?

    • Al Gore

      Yes, Yes, and Yes. Frankly, it’s a win-win-win situation.

      • WeiQiang

        Not for the chik’ns. They could be chillaxing in someone’s backyard in Waycroft … but, nooo.

  • BrianKal

    First had Nando’s when living in London, love it so much, soo excited to have one close by

  • arl2012

    That place is EXCELLENT!!

    Totally different than the El Pollo varieties.

    This is some hot and spicy sh*t. Great stuff.

  • Douglas Parker

    Has to be better than JR’s. I think that place was a front. Went in there once and the waiter didn’t know how to wait and the cook didn’t know how to cook.

    When we walked in there, they seemed as surprised as we were. It was a very strange experience.

    • Douglas Parker

      Meant to say ‘Has to be better than RP’s’ got distracted by ‘work’ geeze. The nerve!

  • i’ve been to the chinatown and dupont locations, always a great meal. can’t wait!

  • No

    LIES. This never happened.

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