After making its U.S. debut in Washington, D.C., the Portuguese-spiced chicken chain has been growing a root system in Chicago this past year, where it now has six locations. With each opening, Nando’s invites locals in for a housewarming, with proceeds going to a local charity. The global brand, which originated in South Africa, also has revamped its menu, adding items such as a chicken thigh sandwich, a quinoa salad, chicken skewers and roasted vegetables.

LocationWashington, D.C.
2015 Systemwide Sales$44,000,000
% Change in Sales32.5%
2015 U.S. Units28
% Change in Units40.0%
2015 Average Unit Volume$1,950,000
% Change in AUV2.9%
Future 50 Year2016
FranchisingNo