The head of Nando's is looking to build a solid footprint for the company in the US within the next five years, after the group made its debut in America six weeks ago. Robert Brozin, chief executive of Nando's, told delegates at the 9th European Food Summit held this week in Zurich, Switzerland, that establishing the brand in the US was his main aim for the business in the short-term. Brozin said: "Going into America was overwhelming as everyone looks to the US. We entered with our own money and to be honest we don't expect to see a profit there for the next 10 years." The fast-casual chicken company, which launched its first US store in the Penn Quarter of Washington DC in mid-July, is to open a second site in the city before the end of the year located close to the first outlet. Brozin said that he had chosen Washington DC as he believed that Washington was the best place to launch a new concept as it had less regional specifics that other US states. He said that he would rollout to about 10 restarants in the Washington area first, before looking at other cities such as Orlando and Phoenix. Nando's is the latest in a growing line of international casual dining brands to set its sights on the US, with La Tasca operating five in the country and Wagamama, which has one outlet in Boston, due to open a second in the city in February followed by its first in Washington DC next May. Brozin said that despite plans to continue expanding the brand globally, he wanted to grow at his own pace. "The worst time we had as an organisation was when we grew the fastest,” he added. "I don't want to be the biggest or to recreate McDonald's, those days are over."