The countdown is on for the eagerly-anticipated arrival of Nando’s in The Beacon with its world-famous flame grilled PERI PERI chicken. There’ll be a whole lot of chicken going on when the brand-new restaurant hatches on Wednesday February 20. Nando’s will be the first restaurant to open in the £85 million extension ahead of the arrival of eight-screen Cineworld in the summer. Ruling the roost on the first floor of the extension, the new restaurant has created 34 new jobs and will be able to seat 94 people. Fans are expected to flock to the new restaurant where they can pluck all their Nando’s favourites from the choice of fire-starters to ruffling a few feathers with a spice from the legendary PERI-ometer. Bill Plumridge, Manager of The Beacon, said: “Eastbourne has been looking forward to the arrival of Nando’s since it announced it would be coming to the Centre in 2015 so now that we’re nearly there, we’re all really excited. It’s fantastic news for the extension that this will be the first restaurant to open with more announcements expected very soon!” Greg Smith, Regional Managing Director for Nando’s, said: “We’re delighted to be opening our first ever restaurant in Eastbourne and can’t wait to open the doors to local fans in the area this February.” Good cluck to Nando’s from everyone in its new nest at The Beacon!