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Friday, November 13, 2015
NANDO'S PERi-PERi PLAYS WITH FIRE IN THE LOOP CHICAGO FIRE SOCCER STARS TAKE OVER NEW NANDO'S ON WABASH(Chicago,IL)
CHICAGO FIRE SOCCER STARS TAKE OVER NEW NANDO'S ON WABASH,
MANNING GRILLS FOR CHARITY
PERi-PERi, the South African-Portuguese restaurant known worldwide for
its spicy flame-grilled chicken, hatches its fourth Chicago restaurant
Saturday Nov. 21 at 22 S. Wabash Avenue. For the first two days of
operation, Chicago Fire players will take over the grills and deliver
succulent PERi-PERi chicken to fans gathered at Nando's new Loop
location. Nando's will donate 100 percent of sales on Sat. Nov. 21 and
Sun. Nov. 22 to the Chicago Fire Foundation, which works to enhance the
lives of disadvantaged youth in and around Chicago.
"Nando's is thrilled to partner with the Fire to warm up Chicago," said Sepanta Bagherpour, Head of Marketing for
Nando's PERi-PERi USA.
"We think our spicy PERi-PERi flavors will put a little more fire in
the belly of Chicago's soccer sensations as they rebuild in the
offseason and once again seek MLS glory."
very excited for the Fire takeover at Nando's," said Chicago Fire
Foundation Executive Director Jessica Yavitz. "It's wonderful to see a
company like Nando's invested in this city to join with the Chicago Fire
Foundation to give back to the community."
Playing With Fire
players scheduled to appear at Nando's include defender Eric Gehrig,
midfielders Chris Ritter, Michael Stephens and Matthew Watson, and Fire
great and club ambassador Gonzalo Segares. They will turn up the heat at
Nando's on Wabash from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm CT and 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm CT
on Nov. 21 and Nov. 22.
Four Chicago Restaurants....and Counting
Nando's moved to Chicago in spring 2015,
and has quickly opened restaurants in the Loop, West Loop, Lincoln Park
and Lakeview, with many more to come in and around the Windy City. The
newest Nando's is located between Madison and Monroe at 22 S. Wabash
Nando's has built an intensely loyal
following, from London to the Loop, by providing fresh food in a relaxed
atmosphere with friendly service. 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.
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.
22 S. Wabash Avenue
In the Loop, Nando's has transformed the
interior of a classic Louis Sullivan building into a playful and
inviting destination, with original South African paintings and
textiles, sofa-style banquettes, and colorful Senegalese woven pendant
lamps that illuminate the tables below. National Design Award winner
Stephen Burks spent eight days in a remote village in Senegal working
with a community of grass-basket weavers to develop the basket lamps,
and together they have produced hanging works of handmade art that are
whimsical and unique.
the United States alone, there are more than 600 pieces of original
African art in Nando's restaurants. "We believe that authentic
contemporary African art can create truly surprising experiences and
keep us connected to our roots," said Burton Heiss, CEO of Nando's
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.
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
Chicago, Baltimore and Washington, DC. For more information, please
visit www.nandosperiperi.com, follow @NandosUSA on Twitter or Like Us at
Nando's PERi-PERi USA on Facebook.
About the Chicago Fire
Founded on the 126th anniversary of the
Great Chicago Fire, the Chicago Fire Soccer Club enters its 19th Major
League Soccer season with six major domestic championship titles
including the 1998 MLS Cup and 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006 U. S. Soccer
Open Cup, and 2003 Supporters Shield. Anchoring Chicago's growing soccer
fan base, the Fire play at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., located 15
miles from Chicago's Loop. www.Chicago-Fire.com.
About the Chicago Fire Foundation
The Chicago Fire's goal on the field is
to play hard and win. Its goal off the field is to contribute to the
quality of life in Chicago and its surrounding communities. Through the
Chicago Fire Foundation, the Fire is able to give back to the community
by developing programs that reach out to Chicagoland's community. Since
1998, the Chicago Fire Foundation, the charitable arm of the Chicago
Fire Major League Soccer Team, has made significant contributions to
enhance the lives of disadvantaged youth throughout Chicagoland. To
date, the Foundation has donated more than $1.7 million dollars in
grants and contributions. The Chicago Fire Foundation raises funds
through events such as the annual Season Kickoff Luncheon, the
Commemorative Jersey Auction, and 50/50 Raffle. For more information
about the Chicago Fire Foundation, visit www.chicago-fire.com/community.