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Nando’s PERi-PERi hatches in the new Towson Square

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Nando’s PERi-PERi, the South African-Portuguese restaurant known worldwide for its succulent flame-grilled chicken, is hatching its newest location July 16, 2014 in Towson. Adjacent to the 15-screen Cinemark movie theater, the new Nando’s is the first restaurant to open in the $85 million Towson Square entertainment center.

“We are proud pioneers in Towson Square and can’t wait to share our fiery PERi-PERi flavors with Nando’s virgins and veterans alike,” said Burton Heiss, CEO of Nando’s PERi-PERi USA.

The 136-seat restaurant celebrates Nando’s journey from South Africa to two dozen countries on five continents. Giant metal shipping containers have been cut into colorful tiles decorating the restaurant, and wooden shipping pallets have been repurposed into dining-booth enclosures. The 3,500-square-foot space features open-flame grills, a reclaimed-elm communal table and a wraparound patio that seats 38. Like all Nando’s, the restaurant also showcases original contemporary South African artwork.

“We got an incredible welcome when we opened our first Nando’s in downtown Baltimore a year ago, and now are doubling down in Charm City,” Heiss said.

Besides the Nando’s at 421 West Baltimore Street, Nando’s also is building another location in Baltimore’s Harbor East neighborhood. Located inside the new Hyatt Place hotel, the restaurant is expected to open by the end of the year. In September, Nando’s expands to Laurel, with a restaurant at the new Towne Centre at Laurel.

The new Towson Square restaurant is located at 109 East Joppa Road in Towson. Convenient parking is available in the main Towson Square parking garage. Nando’s will provide customers with free parking for one hour.

The first Nando’s restaurant opened its doors in 1987 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Since then, the Nando’s flame has spread to 24 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 on 7th Street in the Chinatown neighborhood in Washington, DC. Nando’s PERi-PERi now operates 18 restaurants in and around the Washington area including Chinatown, Dupont Circle, The Yards and Tenleytown in DC; Bethesda, Silver Spring, Gaithersburg, National Harbor, Annapolis, Baltimore, Towson, Waugh Chapel and Arundel Mills in Maryland; and Pentagon Row, Gainesville, Ashburn, Woodbridge and Old Town, Alexandria, in Virginia. For more information, please visit www.nandosperiperi.com

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