Zulu Piri Piri Chicken Grille to Open in Lehi, Utah Zulu Piri Piri Chicken Grille to Open in Lehi, Utah
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Lehi–Zulu Piri Piri Chicken Grille, a new African-fusion, social impact restaurant, will open to the public in the heart of Lehi’s business district at 2951 Club House Drive, Lehi, Utah, on Sept. 6, with a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. The founders of the new Utah-based restaurant are excited to introduce to the community its spicy, fire-grilled chicken-on-the-bone that has been tenderized for 48 hours in a South African Piri Piri pepper marinade.

Zulu also brings a new idea to the table with its humanitarian Meal-for-a-Meal program. For every meal purchased at Zulu Piri Piri Chicken Grille, the restaurant will provide a meal for a vulnerable child in Africa through a partnership with Home of Hope, a South African non-profit organization. Home of Hope rescues orphaned and abused girls from the streets of Johannesburg, South Africa, and provides not only a home, but an education, business training and most importantly, hope for a promising future.

“The opening of Zulu is a dream come true,” said Jared Turner, co-founder of Zulu Piri Piri Chicken Grille. “Our passion for African culture and inspiration for Zulu comes from our personal connection and love for the people we’ve met while working in that amazing land. We’re thrilled to introduce Utah County to the beautiful African art, culture and cuisine that has changed our lives. We invite everyone to come ‘join our tribe’ and enjoy the most craveable chicken on the planet!”

Zulu Piri Piri Chicken Grille’s expansive and flavorful menu features a distinctive marinade derived from African Bird’s Eye (Piri Piri) peppers. Turner first encountered the Piri Piri flavor on an African safari where he met a group of Zulu women who prepared a feast using the pepper. He was amazed by their spicy, fire-grilled chicken and touched by their philosophy of “Ubuntu” (oo-Boon-too), which loosely translates to “I am because of you.” So, Turner brought both back to Utah through Zulu Piri Piri Chicken Grille and its Meal-for-a-Meal program.

“This program truly embodies the spirit of Ubuntu,” said Nikki Davis, co-founder of Zulu Piri Piri Chicken Grille. “We created something unique where high-quality cuisine and opportunities for social impact are found all under one roof. We invite everyone to come share an irresistibly delicious meal and help make a better world in the process.”

The menu of Zulu Piri Piri Chicken Grille, developed by Chef Rob Howell from New Orleans, combines an array of African flavors and spices to create a culinary experience unlike any other. Chicken entrees are prepared according to personal taste with the restaurant’s own spice index – ranging from savory lemon-garlic to Africa-Hot – and include the famous Piri Piri flame-grilled chicken (with African yellow rice and Piri Piri sauce). Zulu Originals include flavorful chicken sandwiches, both sweet and spicy chicken salads, Piri Piri Chicken soup, Andouille Sausage Gumbo and the fresh Chicken Bowl with grilled Piri Piri chicken, grilled corn, arugula, avocado, cucumber and Piri Piri aioli – all served over African yellow rice. These masterful dishes are complemented by a number of sides such as tri-colored slap chips (fries), Piri Piri sweet potato wedges, African yellow corn, mixed tropical fruit and side salads like the East African Cucumber Mango salad. Zulu Piri Piri Chicken Grille has even prepared a number of family packs for large parties, a special kids’ menu and a variety of sweets and beverages to satisfy the appetites of every guest.

For those wanting a taste of African-fusion cuisine before the grand opening, Zulu Piri Piri Chicken Grille has already begun offering their impressive catering services. For more information about catering, menus and employment opportunities, visit zulugrille.com.

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