Few things in life go together so well as french fries and chicken. In Canada, one of our favourite spots for a weekday take out is closing up shop in almost half of their restaurants. Many Nando's locations in Canada will be closing in the coming weeks so get your fix of Peri-Peri while you still can.

The South African brand sells Portugeuse-style Peri-Peri chicken that's absolutely crave-worthy, especially if you like it spicy.

In a statement released on May 15, Desmond Edwards, VP of marketing for Nando's Canada, shared that the popular chain would be closing 21 stores.

While they are cutting their losses, there will still be 27 locations in B.C., Alberta, and Ontario.

Panic-stricken Peri-Peri fans can still find a place open near them on their Find a Nando's page. Plus, you can still get their flame-grilled chicken and comfort-food sides from locations by take-out or delivery. 

According to Edwards, stores slated for closure have been "under-performing" for a while and the global pandemic has just been the final straw.

"These stores have not been commercially viable for some time, and their losses were only exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis," reads the release.

Even as the country starts to reopen after COVID-19 closures, it's too little too late for many restaurants in the country.

Nando's sent Narcity a full list of stores that will be remaining open:

Ontario has 10 locations staying open:

  • Richmond Hill

  • Heartland, Mississauga

  • Markham

  • North Brampton

  • Bay Street

  • Dixie

  • Etobicoke

  • Kennedy Commons

  • Ottawa (Merivale)

  • Ottawa (Elgin Street)

Alberta has three locations:

  • Calgary (32nd Ave)

  • Edmonton Oliver Square

  • Edmonton Gateway

B.C. has 14 stores:

  • West Oaks

  • Coquitlam

  • Langley

  • Richmond North (Garden City)

  • Metrotown, Burnaby

  • Surrey (Strawberry Hill)

  • Park Royal (West Van)

  • Walnut Grove

  • White Rock (South Surrey)

  • Coppersmith (Ironwood)

  • Davie & Howe (Downtown)

  • Guildford

  • Kerrisdale

  • Kingsway

The flame-grilled chicken restaurant chain has a special place in the heart of many Canadians and many will be sad to see their local Nando's go.

They love Canada, too, and recently offered free takeout meals to health-care workers across the country.

Plus, they even launched a line of hot sauce in collaboration with Pascal Siakam earlier this year. If they're also Raptors fans like us, then they're honourary Canadians.

There is a glimmer of hope for the future for Peri-Peri addicts. Remaining stores will be "staying open safely" according to a release from the company on March 25. 

There will only be 10 customers and employees in a store at once and there will be other strict hygiene and social distancing measures in place, too. 

That means that hopefully, we'll be able to continue our tradition of chicken and fries on weekday nights.