Giggling Squid, the BGF-backed Thai restaurant chain, is to open a 3,800 sq ft restaurant at Aquila Holding’s Bond Street mall in Chelmsford.

Set to launch this summer, Giggling Squid is one of five new brands to have committed to Bond Street.

Located on Bond Street’s restaurant terrace, Giggling Squid will include a 1,100 sq ft river facing dining terrace, and joins Bill’s Wagamama, Ask Italian, Tiptree and Everyman Cinema at the scheme,

In addition to Giggling Squid, Aquila has signed Spritz Social, an al fresco specialising in Aperol Spritz, with 200 socially distanced covers, a covered pergola and heated beach huts for up to six people.

Andy Laurillard, co-founder of Giggling Squid, added: “Bond Street is the ideal location for Giggling Squid. It has a character and appeal that suits our brand, and it is very evident from the high footfall there is great customer loyalty. We’re excited to bring our fresh Thai food to the area and can’t wait to welcome the local community.”

CBRE and Jamieson Mills acted for Bond Street. AG&G for Giggling Squid and Spritz Social dealt direct.