Clapham House Group, the restaurant operator, has reported that it has made "excellent progress" in integrating the restaurants it acquired when it purchased Urban Dining earlier this year. The deal, which valued Urban at £25.4m before expenses, saw Clapham add the Tootsies hamburger chain to its brand portfolio that comprises Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK), Bombay Bicycle Club (BBC) and The Real Greek. The company said it had already refurbished and relaunched the Tootsies restaurants in Brighton, Putney, and James Street, London, and had seen strong sales growth in these sites. It has also started the conversion of two Tootsies restaurants in Ealing and Bristol into its GBK format. The group expects these two sites to start trading in October 2006 and January 2007 respectively, with a number of further refurbishments and conversions planned over the next six months. The company said it was progressing well with its current opening programme, and has already added six new locations during in its current financial year. These include GBKs in Soho and Clapham, and a new Tootsies restaurant in the Brent Cross shopping centre. It has also sold one loss making Tootsies restaurant since the acquisition. The company currently operates from 64 locations: 31 Tootsies and Dexters restaurants, 13 GBK, seven Real Greek sites, and 13 BBC restaurants. The company is also currently building on two properties and has exchanged contracts on a further three. It said it expected to remain on course with its opening programme during its current financial year and is focusing “on front loading next year’s opening programme as much as possible”. The group said it had recently issued site requirement lists for more than 100 GBK and 45 BBC locations, with a similar list for The Real Greek also set to be issued.