Camile Thai Kitchen to grow to 13 UK sites this year

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Restaurant group Camile Thai Kitchen to grow to 13 UK sites this year

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Thai restaurant group Camile Thai Kitchen will open seven new venues across the UK and Ireland as part of its international expansion plans.

The group will open in suburban London and Surrey locations, including Epsom, Twickenham and Streatham, taking its UK portfolio to 13.

In total it intends to open 15 new venues this year with the creation of 300 jobs, 80 of which will be based in the UK.

Camile is also pushing ahead with its ‘franchise as a service’ venture which offers franchise options for business owners with well-located, but underused commercial kitchens, such as in restaurants, bars and hotels in regional towns to pivot to offer Camile’s delivery menu.

The first recently opened in Sligo, Ireland, and Camile says it aims to open five or six more in the medium term. 

Camile is also planning to raise €10 million as part of its plans to move towards a technology-centric strategy. The chain says it was the first in Europe to deliver its menu by drone earlier this year and has plans to automate its kitchen operations with robotics in 2021.

“Despite an extremely difficult year for the hospitality sector, for Camile 2020 has seen rapid growth,” says Camile Thai Kitchen founder Brody Sweeney.

“Our suburban, delivery focused model has proven to be pandemic proof in the last eleven months, not least in terms of revenue and sales. This has enabled us to not only push forward with our aggressive expansion plans, but also to prematurely move ahead with our main goal - our tech pivot”.

Camile currently operates 35 venues across the world, including six in London, in Barnes, Battersea, Bermondsey, Canary Wharf, Clapham and Tooting Bec.



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