Furious customers were left stunned after the Wimbledon branch of chicken restaurant Nandos ran out of...chicken.
Diners visiting the popular chain, which specialises in flame-grilled chicken basted in Peri-Peri sauce, said the situation was “laughable”.
Nandos said the shortage was caused due to a “run” on the branch as diners rushed to use their loyalty cards before they expired.
Musician Susan French, 30, had been watching tennis at the All England Club on Monday when she decided to redeem her card before the deadline on June 30.
She said: “When I went in they told me they had run out of chicken. It was absolutely ridiculous. They’re a chicken restaurant that can’t serve chicken. I could not believe it. It was a complete joke.”
It comes after a branch in Leicester also temporarily ran out of chicken.
One customer said on Twitter: “I’m still coming towith what happen [sic]. One colleague is inconsolable.”
The popular Portuguese-themed restaurant, which originated in South Africa, is making diners switch from paper loyalty cards to a-style one which stored details online.
A spokesperson for Nando’s said: “The launch of Online Takeaway has been incredibly popular, and with many customers also wanting to use their final remaining chillies on their old paper loyalty cards, unfortunately some restaurants ran out of certain options for a short period of time. “We would like to apologise to those customers who couldn’t get their preferred meal.”
Nandos has around 300 restaurants and has seen its popularity surge with celebrity devotees including Premier League footballers.
In May David Cameron and his team visited a branch in Bristol, with the prime minister posing for a “selfie” with a customer.