Massive Renovation Transforms Landmark Pizza Shop in Northwest DC
“We’re firing up our grills and ready to bring our famous bird to Tenleytown,” said Burton Heiss, CEO of Nando’s Peri-Peri USA. “After a long wait, Tenleytown will no longer be deprived of its Nando’s fix. We look forward to sharing our new home with Nando’s virgins and veterans alike.”
Home wasn’t built in a day
Nando’s spent eight months transforming the old Armand’s pizza shop in Tenleytown into an eclectic and casual dining space. The two-story, 4,500-square-foot restaurant features open-flame grills, reclaimed barn wood siding and a heated, canopy-covered deck that seats 48. The architects deliberately exposed the skeleton of the 1920s-era building – the wood framing and ceiling joists, brick foundation walls, and layer-upon-layer of paint – to create a playful, highly textured and multi-angled interior. Like all Nando’s, the restaurant also features original contemporary South African artwork. The Tenleytown space includes paintings by renowned Capetown artist Henk Serfontein, known for his haunting nightscapes.
“With the renovation of the Tenleytown building, right down to the studs and beams, we have created a one-of-a-kind restaurant for Washington,” Heiss said. “We are excited to provide Tenleytown with a truly unique experience.”
The restaurant, at 4231 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, is the fourth Nando’s in Washington, DC, and the 16th in the United States.