Frankie & Benny’s owner expanding

Restaurant Group, known for its Chiquito and Frankie & Benny’s chains, said yesterday it was on track for a strong first-half performance after a healthy rise in sales. The group, which last month named managing director Danny Breithaupt as its new chief executive after long-serving boss Andrew Page retired, said sales at outlets open over a year rose four per cent in the first 19 weeks of trading, and were up 11 per cent including revenues from new sites. The company, which owns over 400 pubs and restaurants mainly in airports, leisure and retail outlets, plans to expand with between 36 and 43 new sites during this year.