Restaurant chain plots new outlets

Press Association
Frankie & Benny's
Frankie & Benny's

A leading restaurant operator is to open as many as 35 new sites this year after its Frankie & Benny's chain "performed superbly" during 2012.

The Restaurant Group, whose other brands include Chiquito, Garfunkel's and Coast to Coast, said overall like-for-like sales were up 4.5% last year as pre-tax profits improved 7% to £64.6 million.