Nando’s Peri-Peri is slated to begin serving up its grilled chicken on the H Street corridor next week.
The South African-Portuguese eatery is scheduled to open at 411 H St. NE on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 11 a.m.
On its opening weekend, the restaurant will donate all of the money it makes to the nearby Atlas Performing Arts Center and DC SCORES, a D.C. United charity partner that helps at-risk youth.
D.C. United players Bill Hamid, Sean Franklin, Steven Birnbaum, Nick DeLeon and Patrick Nyarko are set to help cook chicken from 1 to 5 p.m. on Feb. 27 as part of the opening day festivities.
“How exciting to open on the historic H Street Corridor and to share our fiery PERi-PERi chicken with even more Washingtonians,” Nando’s Peri-Peri USA CEO Burton Heiss said in a statement released today. “Nando’s always strives to be a good neighbor, and we look forward to partnering with the Atlas Performing Arts Center and D.C. United to benefit the community.”
But there’s more than just chicken and sides at this Nando’s, according to a news release:
Nando’s H Street location will feature a 25-foot tall chandelier that is one of the most monumental elements to ever grace a Nando’s interior. Made of 400 pieces of rebar and inspired by the bold beauty of South African beadwork, the sculptural lighting piece dangles through an opening in the top floor and extends down through a large communal table on the first floor.
Based in South Africa, the restaurant chain currently has four D.C. locations, including an outpost in Navy Yard.
Photo via Facebook/Nando’s Peri Peri