Urban Dining this morning reported a pre-tax profit of £625,000 for the six months to 31 July. Glen Tomlinson, the company’s chairman, said: "Trading has been challenging, however, we remain confident that Tootsies has the potential to be rolled out nationwide and we are actively seeking suitable sites." Tomlinson added that, although the company had previously discussed the "considerable synergies" to be gained from having two or more restaurant brands, it had no plans at present to acquire a further brand. The group, which is reporting its first complete trading period since the acquisition of Tootsies Restaurants last November, saw turnover of £9.3m. The company opened two new restaurants in Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds in September 2005 and has four new restaurants under construction in Richmond Riverside, Oxford Castle, Norwich, and Lincoln - all of which should be open and trading by the end of October. The company said that it expected to open at least six sites in 2006. It currently has 26 restaurants open. At the year end the company had a net cash balance of £6,000 after incurring capital expenditure on new sites and refurbishments of £1.33m.