Portuguese themed restaurant Nando’s has rapidly became part of the British staple diet, so it will come as no surprise to you that people lost their shit when it emerged Nando’s might be going away.
For some utterly unbeknownst reason to us, following the Leave campaign’s shock win in the EU referendum this morning, a rumour began to circulate online about Nando’s shutting its doors and leaving the UK for good, reports the Mirror.
And as you can probably imagine, the thought of waving goodbye to both the EU and Nando’s in the same day seemed to crush social media users everywhere, after news that every branch was to close spread like wildfire across the Internet.
Originally, the rumour came from a Manchester based blog post, Manchester Insider, and within minutes, the fear and loathing had been shared, retweeted, screenshotted, and shared again innumerable times.
But as the old saying goes, ‘don’t trust everything you see on the Internet’ – although it was already too late for some:
Can everyone tell me if Nandos is open or closed today? See somit on Facebook yesterday bout it closing if votes don't go there way ?
— Chet Johnson (@Chet_Sket) June 24, 2016
not too sure what's going on but if nandos shuts down I'll kill myself
— Lara (@Iarawardy) June 24, 2016
Just heard nandos are meant to be closing all restaurants in UK coz were no in the EU, honestly might cry
— Aman Manzoor (@aman_manzoor) June 24, 2016
Nandos is shutting cos the peri peri has to go back to its country
— Charizards Brudda (@Mercilessjuju) June 24, 2016
The rumour eventually got so big that Nando’s actually had to intervene and disprove the lies:
No need to worry Kamini, Nando’s is here to stay. There is no truth in any rumours suggesting otherwise.
— Nando's (@NandosUK) June 24, 2016
Somewhat ironically, Nando’s isn’t even a European invention.
Although the chicken shop sells Portuguese styled peri peri goodness, the original Nando’s was established in South Africa in the late ’80s.
So yeah. Relax. Nando’s isn’t going anywhere.
So sit down, chill, and have a cheeky Nando’s – but not like this guy.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.