Chilango is to open its first digital-only restaurant at Boxpark in Croydon as the brand looks to capitalise on the growth in online ordering during the pandemic.

Opening next Monday (12 April), the new site replaces Chilango’s larger eat-in unit within the food and drink hall and will see guests order on new digital kiosks or in advance via its website, with orders to be collected through a designated pick up area.

The operator said it will serve as test bed for future digital growth and development.

Richard Franks, managing director, Chilango, said: “We first trialled digital screens in our London Wall restaurant back in 2019 and saw such a strong performance we were keen to trial a restaurant with digital only ordering.

“This new style of restaurant opens up possibilities of different footprints for future openings and pipeline.”

He added: “During lockdown delivery and online orders made a huge difference to our business and this will continue to be a key driver of our recovery and future growth strategy.”

The Mexican restaurant chain, which was bought out of administration last summer by investment firm RD Capital Partners, opened its latest delivery kitchen last week, at Deliveroo’s Editions kitchen in Saxon Works in Hove.

The new Sussex site is the fourth delivery kitchen launched by Chilango during lockdown, following openings in Battersea, Blackwall Canary Wharf and Reading.

In addition to its delivery kitchens, Chilango currently operates 10 restaurants across the London and Manchester.