Thursday, August 25, 2016

Nando's PERi-PERi Celebrates Grand Opening in Woodley Park, September 11

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

Nando's PERi-PERi Hatches in Woodley Park

Donates 100% of opening sales to Oyster-Adams bilingual school

Nando’s PERi-PERithe South African-Portuguese restaurant known worldwide for its spicy flame-grilled chicken, will celebrate its grand opening in the Woodley Park neighborhood of Washington on Sunday, September 11. Nando’s has transformed a vacant bank at 2631 Connecticut Avenue, NW, into a colorful and soaring dining space that embodies the Nando’s spirit.

During its grand opening day, Nando’s will donate 100% of proceeds to the nearby Oyster-Adams Bilingual School. The school’s parent-teacher organization, the Oyster-Adams Community Council, will use the funds to provide critical resources for students, including music and art education programs, and professional development for teachers.

“Opening our new restaurant in Woodley Park was not always easy, but it was absolutely worth the wait,” 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 Oyster-Adams Bilingual School to benefit the community.”

Nando’s is obtaining final city approvals and is likely to open to the public as early as this coming Sunday. PERi-PERi fans should sign up at to be first to hear about opening details.

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 new Woodley Park location features 16-foot-high arched ceilings that are hand-painted with geometric shapes reminiscent of indigenous African adobe architecture. Playful stick sculptures are suspended from above. An open kitchen, curved banquettes, reclaimed wood and salvaged metal pipes create a dramatic and vibrant 95-seat interior. Outdoors, a serpentine bench made of wood “ribs” defines a unique, 41-seat dining area along Connecticut Avenue.

WHAT: Nando's Grand Opening in Woodley Park

WHERE: 2631 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008, across from the Woodley Park-Zoo-Adams Morgan Metro station

WHEN: Grand Opening is Sunday, September 11 at 11 AM. The Oyster-Adams bilingual school fundraiser runs Sunday, September 11 from 11 AM to 9 PM. The restaurant is scheduled to open to the public at 11 AM on Sunday, September 28, assuming we get final city approval.

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 Oyster-Adams Bilingual School:
The Oyster-Adams Bilingual elementary and middle school has long been a model for dual-language education, and the school’s diversity forges friendships among students from a variety of different backgrounds. Oyster-Adams has two campuses, both of which implement a full dual-immersion program where students learn 50 percent of their content in English and 50 percent of their content in Spanish.

The Oyster Adams Community Council (OCC) is the parent teacher organization that promotes and supports the education at the school. For more information, please visit: