Burnley’s new Nando’s restaurant is ‘Facebook hoax’

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DINERS hoping for a slice of Nando’s famous peri-peri chicken in Burnley may have to wait.

An official-looking Facebook page appeared claiming the popular restaurant chain was set to open a new outlet in town.

More than 2,000 people “liked” the social network page in just a few hours which read “Guess who’s coming to dinner?”

The dedicated page claimed the Portugese-style restaurant was due to “hatch” in Burnley’s Trafalgar Street in Autumn this year.

The news proved popular with food fans, who currently have to travel to Bury or Preston for their nearest Nando’s, and the page was inundated with dozens of messages of support.

Darren Abbott said: “Love Nando’s. Beats having to go all the way to Bury.”

Ruth Tunesi posted: “Can’t wait, although it may have been better in the town centre.”

Steph Grainger added: “Yes you’re right. This has made my life. Bring on Autumn and chicken overload.”

But officials at the chain, famed for its flame-grilled chicken dishes, poured cold water on the rumours.

Paul Reason, Nando’s Regional Director commented: “The public’s support for a Nando’s in Burnley has been overwhelming, with many local fans taking to our website and Facebook and Twitter pages to voice their support. There is clearly a huge demand in Burnley for peri-peri chicken!”

“Burnley is one of many areas on our radar, but we haven’t found a suitable site as of yet. We’ll be in touch as soon as we have any further information.”

Nando’s is a South African casual dining restaurant group originating from the Mozambican-Portuguese community.

It was founded in 1987 and has grown to operate in 30 countries on five continents.

Their famous Peri-Peri sauce is made from hot chillies from Mozambique and literally translates in Swahili as “pepper pepper”.