La Tasca this morning said that it was trading "well ahead" of the same period last year and has seen an "encouraging" first half. The company opened six new restaurants in the first half, bringing the total number of restaurants to 56, and said that it was very pleased with the levels of trading in each of the locations. The group has two new sites, in Newcastle and Sheffield, under construction, which are due to be opened in time for Christmas. By the end of the financial year La Tasca plans to add 14 new restaurants, having accelerated its opening programme. Christmas bookings were reported to be ahead of last year. The group will announce interim results for the ix months to 30 October are announced on 13 December.