La Tasca Group, the tapas-led casual dining group, has announced that trading has returned to normal levels since the end of the World Cup. John Barnes, the group’s chairman, said: “As expected, trading has returned to levels anticipated by the company since the World Cup period concluded at the beginning of July.” Last month the group said that it had suffered a “significant blip” during the tournament. The company said that its opening programme was progressing as planned, with six new openings anticipated for the first half of the year. The group, which also operates the La Vina and Sam & Maxie brands, has so far opened two new restaurants: a La Tasca in Alexandria, Virginia – the company’s fourth in the US - and a second Sam & Maxie’s restaurant, in the Trafford Centre, Manchester. The company has exchanged on a property in Fulham to open its first restaurant in London under the premium Spanish dining brand La Vina. The site is due to open in late October. The group is currently developing two new La Tasca restaurants, in Cheltenham and St Martin’s Lane, London. The company will open its third Sam & Maxie’s this October, in Milton Keynes. The company’s fifth La Tasca in the US is set to open in March next year in Rockville, Maryland. The group intends to open 14 new restaurants in total during this financial year.