Buzzy peri peri chicken from Africa to make Dallas debut in Addison
A South African fast-caual restaurant chain famous for its spicy flame-grilled chicken is coming to Dallas: Called Nando's Peri-Peri, it'll open its first DFW location at Village on the Parkway in Addison, at 5100 Belt Line Rd. #728, in the space previously occupied by Indian restaurant Saffron House.
According to a release, the restaurant is slated to open in late spring 2023.
Nando's first debuted in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1987, and now has locations in 24 countries on five continents. They're known for two things: marinated chicken that's grilled over a flame, then basted in various flavors and spice levels; and their spicy Bird’s Eye Chili Pepper.
They opened their first U.S. location in Washington DC in 2008 and now have 50 locations in DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Chicago.
In Texas, they'll be opening locations both in Dallas and Houston. Which will be first? Houston, probably.
Their technique involves marinating chicken in Peri-Peri, then basting with more Peri-Peri to the diner’s spice level of choice, before hitting the grill.
The chicken is offered in whole pieces, skewers, plates, salads, wraps, and sandwiches. Sides include fries, grilled corn-on-the-cob, mashed potatoes, and Macho Peas, a version of English-style mushy peas.
The company’s sauces have been for sale in Dallas since 2014 at Whole Foods, H-E-B, Kroger, and Walmart, in five flavors – Lemon & Herb, Medium, Garlic, Hot and XXHot – as well as two PERinaise (spicy mayo) sauces available in original and hot flavors.
Decor is also a thing: Every restaurant is uniquely designed with earthy textures and vibrant colors to reflect their African heritage, with a sampling of original South African contemporary art of which the release says that Nando’s has the largest collection on display in the world.
The Addison location will have convertible panels that peel back to allow the interior of the restaurant to be a cohesive extension of the outdoors. A U-shaped patio will accommodate up to 90 guests and incorporates several oak trees, while the interior seats 64 and includes an intimate bar.
“We can’t wait to welcome Nando’s first-timers and the many North Texas loyalists who have rallied to bring the brand here,” says CEO John Fisher. “Dallas is an important city in our future, and we’re excited about opportunities for growth in this market. We’re also looking forward to being among the many food and beverage offerings that make bustling Village on the Parkway a dining and entertainment destination.”