Monday, February 22, 2016

Nando's Opens on H Street, Saturday, February 27

From our friends at Nando's PERi-PERi...

Nando's PERi-PERi Hatches on H Street

D.C. United soccer stars "take over" Nando's grills for charity

Nando’s PERi-PERi, the South African-Portuguese restaurant known worldwide for its spicy flame-grilled chicken, hatches on the booming H Street Corridor on Saturday, February 27th. Nando’s has transformed two vacant storefronts at 4th and H Streets, NE, into a colorful and soaring, two-story dining space that captures the youthful energy of H Street and embodies the Nando’s spirit.

During its opening weekend, Nando’s will donate 100% of proceeds to H Street’s Atlas Performing Arts Center, to support community theater and dance, and to D.C. United’s charity partner DC SCORES, the award winning youth development non-profit that offers free after-school soccer and literacy programming to at-risk DC area youth.

D.C. United soccer stars, including goalkeeper Bill Hamid, defenders Sean Franklin and Steven Birnbaum, and midfielders Nick DeLeon and Patrick Nyarko will “take over” the Nando’s grills on Saturday February 27, between 1-5:00 PM, flipping PERi-PERi chicken and greeting fans.

“How exciting to open on the historic H Street Corridor and to share our fiery PERi-PERi chicken with even more Washingtonians,” said Burton Heiss, CEO of Nando’s PERi-PERi USA. “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.”

Nando’s has built an intensely loyal following by providing fresh food in a relaxed atmosphere with friendly service. 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.

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.

Nando's opens on H Street

411 H Street, NE, Washington, DC

• Nando's H Street opens Saturday, February 27 at 11:00 AM.
• D.C. United "Takeover" - Saturday, February 27 from 1-5:00 PM.
• The Atlas Fundraiser runs Saturday, February 27 at 5:00 PM to Sunday, February 28 at 10:00 PM

About Nando’s PERi-PERi:
The first Nando’s restaurant opened its doors in 1987 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Since then, the Nando’s flame has spread to 23 countries on five continents. 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. It’s equally renowned for its spicy PERi-PERi, the Bird’s Eye chili pepper that indigenous Africans introduced to the Portuguese centuries ago.

Nando’s PERi-PERi made its U.S. debut in 2008 with the opening of its first location in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington, DC. Nando’s PERi-PERi now operates more than two dozen restaurants in and around Washington, DC, Baltimore and Chicago. For more information, please visit, follow @NandosUSA on Twitter or Like Us at Nando’s PERi-PERi USA on Facebook.

About Atlas Performing Arts Center:
The Atlas Performing Arts Center is the historic and cultural anchor of the H Street Corridor. The Atlas fosters and presents stellar art in theatre, dance, music, vocal and choral work, spoken word, and more. We support and partner with DC arts makers - our Arts Partners - including Capital City Symphony, Congressional Chorus and the American Youth Chorus, Mosaic Theater Company of DC, Joy of Motion Dance Center, and Step Afrika! As the catalyst for neighborhood growth and change, the Atlas plays a major role in the regional creative economy and is where the arts, culture, and connection happen on H Street.

About D.C. United and DC SCORES:
One of the founding clubs of Major League Soccer in 1996, D.C. United are the most decorated team in the United States, with 13 domestic and international trophies. The Black-and-Red have won the MLS Cup four times (1996, 1997, 1999 and 2004), the Supporters’ Shield four times (1997, 1999, 2006 and 2007) and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup three times (1996, 2008 and 2013.)

In October 2015, D.C. United joined forces with the award-winning youth-development nonprofit DC SCORES to serve more than 2,000 young people across the District of Columbia. By consolidating efforts, the organizations enhance and extend their shared mission to improve low-income children’s physical fitness and confidence while building literacy, increasing school engagement, and deepening their connections to their community. For more information please see and