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Six D.C. United soccer players will be taking over the grills in the Rosslyn new Nando’s Peri-Peri on Thursday (April 12) to benefit the team’s charity partner, D.C. Scores.
All of the proceeds earned that day at Nando’s will go towards D.C. Scores, a non-profit that offers free after school soccer and literacy programs to at-risk D.C. youth.
The players will be using Nando’s grills from 2-8 p.m. The team and Nando’s will also be raffling off a signed team item and a pair of tickets to the D.C. United v. Columbus Crew SC match on April 14.
The location at 1800 N. Lynn Street opened almost a month ago and is one of the chain’s now 41 U.S. locations.
South African spicy chicken restaurant Nando’s is opening its newest location at Rosslyn’s Central Place on Monday (March 12), the company announced today.
A press release noted that players with a Washington sports team will make an appearance for a grand opening charity event to benefit “local underserved youth,” but a Nando’s representative declined to be more specific. A Ballston Nando’s opening in 2016 featured several Washington Capitals players flipping chickens.
The location is the newest of the chain’s now 41 U.S. restaurants. Decorations inside the new location include a portrait by South African artist Nqabutho Phakathi, colorful lighting and an undulating ceiling.
Beginning Monday, the restaurant at 1800 N. Lynn Street, with an entrance on N. Moore Street, will operate from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. on weekdays, from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Sundays.
Photos courtesy of Nando’s
(Updated at 6:30 p.m.) Rosslyn’s Central Place will soon be welcoming another restaurant option to the neighborhood.
Nando’s, a South-African/Portuguese chicken restaurant, is coming to 1800 N. Lynn Street. It is currently expected to open in March, we’re told.
There are already two Nando’s locations in Arlington: one at Pentagon Row and another a recently-opened Ballston location. The chain, originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, is most well-known for its peri-peri sauce, a chili-based, lemony sauce.
Nando’s is hiring 35 positions in both the front and back of the house, according to the location’s general manager, Jorge Lemus.
A number of restaurants opened last year as part of the Central Place development, including Little Beet, Sweetgreen and a new McDonald’s. Elsewhere in Rosslyn, Poke Bar and Bibimix are expected to open in the next few months.
Photo courtesy of Annathea Cook
The Nando’s Peri-Peri in Pentagon City is set to hand out free chicken as part of a promotional event planned for next week.
The South African-Portuguese chain’s eatery at 1301 S. Joyce Street is scheduled to serve free quarter-chickens, sandwiches, wraps and pitas on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 6-8 p.m. Sides and drinks still will cost money, however
The deal, dubbed the “Nando’s Dash,” only is available to customers who don’t take their food to go.
“Because we get a kick out of being generous, next Tuesday, February 21, we’re putting on a #NandosDash for you at our Pentagon Row restaurant in Arlington,” the chain said in a promotional email.
Photo via Facebook/Nando’s Peri Peri
The new Nando’s Peri-Peri in Ballston will hold its grand opening celebration this coming Saturday, Sept. 17.
The restaurant, in the former Vapiano’s space at 4401 Wilson Blvd, is celebrating its opening with appearances by Washington Capitals players, media personalities and the Caps’ Red Rockers squad.
The new Nando’s will be open from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and all opening day sales will be donated to the Capitals’ official charity, the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation, according to a press release. The guest appearances will take place between noon and 7 p.m.
Among those expected to help flip chicken on the grills during the opening event, are:
- Radio personality Elliot Segal from “Elliot in the Morning”
- Left winger Andre Burakovsky
- Center Lars Eller
- Right winger Stanislav Galiev
- Defenseman Nate Schmidt
- Right winger Tom Wilson
- Capitals alumnus Paul Mulvey
- Red Rockers squad
- Caps announcer Wes Johnson
- CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Capitals analyst and Caps alumnus Craig Laughlin
- Capitals contributor Courtney Laughlin
“Nando’s is thrilled to partner with the Caps to Rock the Red in Ballston and support Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation,” said Nando’s U.S. CEO Burton Heiss. The Capitals practice facility, Kettler Capitals Iceplex, is located in Ballston.
From the press release:
Nando’s has built an intensely loyal following by providing fresh food in a relaxed atmosphere with friendly service. Nando’s is known worldwide for its succulent PERi-PERi chicken, marinated for 24 hours, flame-grilled to perfection, and basted to the customer’s preferred flavor and spice.
Every Nando’s is painstakingly designed and completely unique, with earthy textures and bright colors that reflect its sunny African-Portuguese heritage. With thousands of pieces of original works of art that are a constant reminder of where the restaurant came from, Nando’s has become the largest collector of South African contemporary art in the world. In the United States alone, there are more than 600 pieces of original African art in Nando’s restaurants.
No official opening date has been set yet, but construction and building permits are up outside the new Nando’s Peri-Peri restaurant in Ballston.
“We are getting close at Ballston,” said Jim Popkin, a representative for the company.
The restaurant is located at 4401 Wilson Blvd, the former home to Italian eatery Vapiano’s.
A Virginia ABC notice outside of the restaurant indicates that Nando’s is seeking to serve wine, beer and cocktails in a space with more than 150 seats.
The Portuguese-style chicken chain has an existing Arlington location in Pentagon City.
Nando’s Peri-Peri will be bringing its Portuguese-style chicken to Ballston this fall.
The chicken chain is planning to open in the former Vapiano space at the NRECA building (4401 Wilson Blvd), according to a recently-filed construction permit application.
A tipster tells us that Nando’s is eying a November opening. The company did not respond to a request for comment from ARLnow.com last month.
Nando’s has an existing Arlington location on Pentagon Row, which opened in 2012.
Hat tip to Chris Slatt
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.
Common Ground and Happy Endings will both be a part of the Central Place complex at 1800 N. Lynn Street. Common Ground will be on the second floor of the residential building, while Happy Endings will be on a lower level near Nando’s and Bethesda Bagels. Happy Endings is hoping to open in late November, Eater reported this week.
A short walk away will be the third food hall at 1700 N. Moore Street.
It’s often said three makes a trend, and it’s no secret that greater D.C. has been flooded in recent years with food halls — a term which essentially refers to an upgraded food court primarily featuring local chefs and vendors. Arlington’s first food hall, Ballston Quarter, opened earlier this year and continues to add vendors.
Social Restaurant Group, the company behind Common Ground, is pushing back the food hall’s opening date for the third time to the spring or summer of 2020.
Originally, SRG co-founder Mike Bramson said he hoped it would open by the end of 2018, then told ARLnow they were pushing it to the “end of spring 2019.” Now, we’re told, construction will “officially break ground this fall.”
According to Bramson, Common Ground will feature ten food vendors and have one full-service bar. He confirmed “celebrity chef involvement,” and said that Rebel Taco, a taco food truck routinely at Clarendon’s The Lot beer garden, will be one of the ten vendors.
It will be located on the building’s second floor, “above the McDonald’s overlooking the plaza.”
Happy Endings Eatery
The two-level, 5,000 square-foot food hall with the double-entendre name is expected to open by the end of November, Eater reported.
According to Eater, the entirety of Happy Endings Eatery will focus on Vietnamese food, with food stalls sporting names like Roll Play and Pho Play. Also offered: bubble tea, Vietnamese coffee, banh mi sandwiches, vermicelli bowls and more.
Rosslyn City Center food hall
A PR rep for Rosslyn City Center’s developer said there were no updates on the new food hall, which is still on track to open in the summer of 2020.
While the food hall remains unnamed, it will feature twelve “artisanal food stalls and two lounges that extend onto an outdoor terrace overlooking the streetscape,” per a press release.
Photo courtesy of American Real Estate Partners, Google Maps
Arlington Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in Arlington County. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out the event submission form.
Also, be sure to check out our event calendar.
Wednesday, June 19
Broadcasting “Aging Matters” with Producer and Host Cheryl Beversdorf
Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street)
Time: 2-3 p.m.
Cheryl Beversdorf is producer and host of Aging Matters radio and TV programs featuring timely topics of interest to older adults and their families
Anytime Fitness Rosslyn Grand Opening*
Anytime Fitness Rosslyn (1919 N. Lynn Street)
Time: 4-7 p.m.
Enjoy delicious meals from Nando’s, refreshments from Bourbon Coffee, Fitness Games and a drawing for a chance to win an Electric Scooter and 1-year of membership.
Buying A Home In A Tight Market*
Arlington Community Federal Credit Union (5666 Columbia Pike)
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Buying a home in this region is becoming increasingly competitive. Join us to learn about how to start the process and how to be poised for success.
Storytelling: A Tool for Community Engagement and Social Justice
Shirlington Library (4200 Campbell Avenue)
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
Through a hands-on, interactive approach, participants will learn the importance of storytelling, and how it can be used to engage community members.
Thursday, June 20
Summer Concert Series at Pentagon Row
Pentagon Row (1201 S. Joyce Street)
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Kristen and the Noise performs as part of the weekly Summer Concert Series at Pentagon Row. Concert-goers can hear from both local and military performers playing a mix of popular hits and original music.
Friday, June 21
Fridays at the Fountain
Crystal City Water Park (1601 Crystal Drive)
Time: 5-9 p.m.
Enjoy a seasonal pop-up beer garden set within the Crystal City Water Park, featuring food from a rotating lineup of vendors, adult and kid friendly beverage selections, and live music.
Saturday, June 22
Summer Solstice Celebration
Bluemont Park (601 N. Manchester Street)
Time: 6:30-9 p.m.
Help EcoAction Arlington volunteers participate in trash cleanup and work in the pollinator garden. There will be an optional picnic immediately following.
Summer Exhibitions Opening Reception and Community Day
Arlington Arts Center (3550 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 3-9 p.m.
Celebrate the opening of Amanda Browder’s monumental fabric installation, City of Threads, and three new summer exhibitions.
Sunday, June 23
Wesley Housing’s Generosity Washington, DC 5K Run/Walk
Bluemont Park (601 N. Manchester Street)
By running for Wesley, you’re helping to support our four Northern Virginia summer camps, which are hosted in our affordable housing communities.
Learn The Art and Science Of Storytelling With The Storymasters Toastmasters Club*
Cafe Sazon (4704 Columbia Pike)
Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Storymasters will help you craft a compelling narrative, inspire others to follow your lead and connect with diverse audiences.
*Denotes featured (sponsored) event
(Updated at 3:40 p.m.) It was clear skies for commuters this morning (Friday) celebrating Bike to Work Day.
The annual tradition encourages commuters to ditch their cars and ride their bikes to and from work. In Arlington, 10 pit stops and themed celebrations were sprinkled across the county.
The Bike to Work event at Rosslyn’s Gateway Park filled the park with spandex-clad cyclists mingling and expressing exuberance at the perfect weather. In the tight-knit community of cyclists, there were frequent reunions between riders throughout the park.
“It was a great ride today,” said Henry Dunbar, director of active transportation for Bike Arlington and a coordinator of the event. “This is about as ideal as it gets.”
Dunbar said the event caters to the one-third of riders who are first-time bicycle commuters. Dunbar said the goal is to teach them about bicycle safety and encourage them to make bicycle commuting a daily habit.
For new riders, Dunbar said the best thing to do is find a more experienced rider and tag along with them.
“Ride with experienced cyclists,” Dunbar said. “All the brochures in the world aren’t as good as someone guiding you through that one tricky intersection on your way into work.”
Dunbar nodded over to the N. Lynn Street and Lee Highway intersection — a crossing regularly packed with cyclists, pedestrians and cars. The crowding is exacerbated by construction around the intersection that’s part of the Custis Trail improvements — construction Dunbar said is likely to continue for another full year.
Several bicycling-focused organizations had stands set up in Rosslyn to help encourage a car-free lifestyle. Robert Santana attended on behalf of the Arlington Car-Free Diet campaign and distributed information about the impending Metro closures.
“I was worried we’d be talking mostly to people who were already car-free,” Santana said, “but people have seemed really interested.”
Tents were set up around the park, with businesses like Nando’s Peri-Peri offering free meals or other local organizations offering bicycle-specific services.
“Today has been fantastic,” said Bruce Deming, a “bike lawyer” who specializes in representing injured cyclists. “There’s a huge crowd, just tremendous turnout. I’m proud to be a part of this event.”