The restaurant was founded in 1987 in the Johannesburg suburb Rosettenville, by Mozambique-born Fernando Duarte and South African-born Robert Brozin. Upon visiting a Portuguese takeaway named Chickenland, and trying the chicken with peri peri, they bought the restaurant for about R80,000 rand (equivalent of about £25,000 at the time). They renamed the restaurant Nando's after Fernando's first born son. By 1989, the restaurant had three outlets in Johannesburg and one in Portugal. Capricorn Ventures International acquired the chain in 1992. As of 2017, there were over 1,000 Nando's branches in 35 countries.
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