New figures are expected to show this week that the rainy summer and a record number of cinema visits are driving diners into restaurant chains like Frankie & Benny and Prezzo. The Restaurant Group, which has many sites on out-of-town retail parks near cinemas and bowling alleys, is forecast to report pre-tax profits of between £15.5m and £16.5m for the first half of this year, up from £13.5m in 2006. Pre-tax profits at smaller rival Prezzo, with about 100 pizza and pasta restaurants, are expected to be around £4m, up from £3.1m. Analyst Joe Thomas, who follows Prezzo, thinks chief executive Jonathan Kaye will sell the company eventually but does not expect it to happen imminently. However further consolidation in the sector is expected after the recent deal which saw Greene King purchase fish restaurant Loch Fyne. One industry insider believes "burgers are the next big thing" as the casual dining market grows, with chains becoming more attractive to potential bidders. The Sunday Express 09/09/07 (Financial) page 29