Houston's Only South African Restaurant Celebrates First Anniversary on Eve of 2010 World Cup

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Peli Peli, Houston’s only South African-influenced restaurant, celebrated its first anniversary on April 13, 2010 despite a turbulent economic climate in 2009. Peli Peli anticipates a stronger 2010 due to positive word-of-mouth marketing and increased exposure to South Africa as a result of the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup.

“We would not be here if it were not for our devoted customers,” states Chef Paul Friedman, the owner and executive chef of Peli Peli.

Peli Peli (http://www.pelipeli.com), Houston’s only South African-influenced restaurant, celebrated its first anniversary on April 13, 2010 despite a turbulent economic climate in 2009. Peli Peli anticipates a stronger 2010 due to positive word-of-mouth marketing and increased exposure to South Africa as a result of the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Despite the slow economy and resulting decrease in consumer spending, Peli Peli has been able to survive as a result of its innovative cuisine and extremely loyal customer following. “We would not be here if it were not for our devoted customers,” states Chef Paul Friedman, the owner and executive chef of Peli Peli. “I am thankful that everyone has been so receptive to my story and my vision”.

Peli Peli is an upscale casual restaurant concept located at the Vintage Park shopping center in North Houston (Hwy 249 & Louetta). Guests are invited to dine under Peli Peli’s 30-foot tall, one-of-a-kind Acacia Tree and illuminated sky while enjoying live jazz, avant-garde architecture, a Sunday brunch, full bar & lounge, an intimate private dining room and an outdoor patio facing the Piazza. In addition to a mix of traditional American and European favorites, Peli Peli’s menu includes exotic fare inspired by Chef Paul Friedman’s experiences in South Africa, Europe, and the United States.

Although open since April 2009, Peli Peli has won several awards such as Best Atmosphere (Best of Houston 2009 – Houston Press), Best Romantic Bar (Citysearch 2009), Best Romantic Restaurant (The Cypress Times 2009) and listed as one of the best brunches in Cy-Fair (Cy-Fair Magazine).

As interest in South Africa increases due to its exposure from the upcoming World Cup games, Chef Paul Friedman plans to add authentic South African cuisine to the menu as well as educate customers on elements native to South Africa such as the peppadew, the Acacia tree, and the peri-peri spice commonly used in South African cuisine.

Press Contact: For information about Peli Peli, please contact Thomas Nguyen at 832-259-2448, 110 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite P, Houston, Texas 77070, http://www.pelipeli.com.

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