Gourmet Holdings is in advanced negotiations to acquire three more leasehold restaurants. The Aim-listed group told shareholders yesterday that it hoped to secure two more locations for its fledgling Amato cafe concept and one for its Richoux brasserie format. At the group's annual meeting, Philip Shotter, chairman, said: "We are encouraged by the trading performance of the company so far this year in both our Richoux and Amato brands." Gourmet recently added two Amato outlets to the original site in central London's Old Compton Street, opening sites in Charlotte Street and Muswell Hill. It recently refurbished three of its four existing Richoux outlets and said that the renewed sites were now benefiting from increased sales. Gourmet recently re-located its head office to St John's Wood and purchased a central kitchen, which will open in September.