Thai restaurant group Giggling Squid has acquired a site for a new restaurant in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire.
The 120-cover venue will be the 14th Giggling Squid when it opens, after planned launches in Guildford in Surrey and Billericay in Essex.
Giggling Squid currently has 11 sites. Berkhamsted is expected to open before Bury St Edmunds, Esher and Bath, which are also currently in the pipeline.
The new Hertfordshire restaurant will receive a £200,000 refit and is expected to open in September or October this year, creating 15-20 new jobs.
Richard Negus of AG&G acted on the transaction.
Giggling Squid is led by Andrew and Pranee Laurillard who opened their first Thai tapas restaurant in 2009.
Giggling Squid also has branches in Brighton, Hove, Tunbridge Wells, Reigate, Stratford-upon-Avon, Marlow, Horsham, Sevenoaks, Salisbury and Bristol.
"Ultimately, we're a food-led business and are still having great fun," said Pranee. "We are immensely proud that our customers compliment us for still having the welcoming feel of a one-off independent, which is why people think of us as a family of restaurants rather than a chain, whilst critics love the authentic rustic cooking."