SOUTH LOOP — South Loop residents soon won't have to travel far for peri-peri chicken.
Nando's, the rapidly growing South African grilled chicken chain with four restaurants in the city, has just signed a lease for a fifth in The Shops at Roosevelt Collection, 1005 S. Delano Court.
A Nando's spokeswoman said it's too early to offer an opening date, but the new lease signals a quick Chicago expansion for the international import, which just opened its first restaurant here in May.
"The reception we have received in Chicago has been amazing," the spokeswoman said in an e-mail. "We are excited to have recently signed a lease in the South Loop, but it’s too soon to say when we will open. Stand by for more spicy peri-peri, South Loop!”
The South Loop restaurant will follow four other Nando's that previously opened in the West Loop, Lakeview, Lincoln Park and Jewelers Row. Based in Johannesburg, the chain is known for grilled chicken spiced with African peri-peri peppers and sides such as mashed peas. The restaurants also include a bar.
Once open, Nando's will join Chop steakhouse and Mago Grill & Cantina as other eateries in The Shops at Roosevelt Collection, a mall with a movie theater at roughly Clark Street and Roosevelt Road.
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