THE spicy taste of South Africa is coming to South Tyneside.
Restaurant chain Nando’s is to open a new branch at Boldon Leisure Park in Abingdon Way, Boldon Colliery.
Signs have gone up around the site to advertise the development.
But fans of Peri Peri chicken will have to wait a while, with the new venue not due to open until the beginning of next year.
A Nando’s spokesman confirmed the company was in the early stages of developing an outlet at Boldon.
He said: “We’re delighted to confirm we’ll be opening a new restaurant in Boldon early next year.”
He added that it was too early to say how many new jobs would be created.
Nando’s is a South African restaurant group, which specialises in the cuisine of the Mozambican–Portuguese community. The firm was founded in 1987 when partners Fernando Duarte and Robert Brozin bought a restaurant in Johannesburg and named it Nando’s, after Duarte.
Today the firm is a global concern, with branches as far apart as Australia and Canada.
Nando’s opened its initial UK takeaway venue in the UK in 1992, but it was not until the opening of its first restaurant in Camden three years later that the chain started to take off.
Today Nando’s has around 300 branches nationwide, from Plymouth in the south to Aberdeen, its most northerly location in the world.