Giggling Squid to open first 'dark kitchen'

By James McAllister

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Giggling Squid restaurant group to open first 'dark kitchen'

Related tags: Deliveroo, Restaurant, Giggling squid, Thai cuisine, delivery

Thai restaurant group Giggling Squid is to launch its first dark kitchen site next week in London’s Wandsworth.

It will operate out of a commercial facility owned by Food Stars, and be available to customers exclusively via Deliveroo.

According to the group, the decision to launch a delivery-only kitchen comes after Giggling Squid’s Wimbledon restaurant was listed as a top Deliveroo site in the area.

It is hoped the dark site will enable the brand to expand its reach in the area, without 'over-stretching' the existing restaurant operation.

“Our Wandsworth kitchen reflects our continued commitment to catering to our customers’ needs, investing throughout the business to ensure continued success,” says Giggling Squid co-founder Andy Laurillard.

“Whilst our priority will always be to welcome guests to eat in at our restaurants, delivery only kitchens will allow us to reach new audiences and test locations as we continue our ambitious business expansion.”

Laurillard founded Giggling Squid with his wife Pranee in 2009, with the ambition of creating the UK’s ‘first major Thai restaurant group’​.

In 2015, the group received a £6.4m investment from the Business Growth Fund​ to accelerate its expansion.

The company, which currently operates 35 sites across the country, has previously said it was aiming to open 70 sites by 2022​.

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