Giggling Squid Thai restaurant chain is spreading its tentacles into Bury St Edmunds and creating 25 new jobs.
Owned by husband and wife team Andy and Pranee Laurillard, and named with the nickname of one of their three children, Giggling Squid serves ‘rustic’ Thai cuisine, with the emphasis on seafood,
It is planning a £150,000 refurbishment of the former Chimichanga Tex-Mex venue in Abbeygate Street, which should be finished in the autumn as a 100 seat restaurant.
Andy said: “We think Bury St Edmunds is a great place for our rustic, fresh take on Thai.
“We are delighted be coming here to the town with its rich history, elegant architecture, thriving tourist trade and a discerning clientele.”
Pranee added: “We are a food-led business and are still having great fun,
“We are immensely proud that our customers compliment us for still having the welcoming feel of a one-off independent, whilst critics love the authentic rustic cooking.”
The Bury premises mean they will have 15 restaurants across the south of England.
The company, which introduced the ‘Thai Tapas’ dining concept to the UK in 2009, aims to have 50 to 70 restaurants nationwide within seven years.
Giggling Squid’s lunch menu offers six tapas-style ‘tasting sets’ that allow diners to sample several dishes in a sitting, at £8 to £10.50, though there are ‘big dishes’ with rice and the evening menu is more extensive.