Tragus – the privately owned casual dining chain – is testing a new menu at 20 of its Cafe Rouge restaurants. The group said it was trying to make the menu 'less complicated' and if the trial was successful it would lead to it being added to the company's other 83 restaurants. Speaking at the presentation of Cafe Rouge's full year results, Graham Turner, chief executive of Tragus, told M&C Report: “The menu was at 10 restaurants and then we added it to a further 10. “It is going really well. But we wanted to take our time with it and make sure that we have got it right. If it is a success then we will see it being introduced at other Cafe Rouge restaurants across the country.” Yesterday, Tragus, which runs Strada, Bella Italia and Cafe Rouge, said its like-for-like sales increased by 3.4% for the 12 months prior to May 25. Sales at its restaurants rose by 67% £248 and its underlying profits was £44m Turner added: “I think it's a good set of numbers. There is still some growth in the business. “I was thinking earlier today that with a set of numbers like that, looking at thing at the moment, it would have resulted in a share drop of 50% “So, for the moment, being a private company is a bonus. We are seeing more difficult times but I think its all about having a diversified offer which we have with our three key brands. “I'm pleased with the position were in, although obviously, times are more difficult.”