Tragus Holdings this morning reported like-for-like turnover up 10.7% for the year to 29 May, with chief executive Graham Turner describing the year as "exciting and profitable". The company, which owns the Café Rouge and Bella Italia brands, saw Ebitda rise by 30% to £16.7m, with profit before interest and tax up 31% to £12.3m (pre exceptional items). Average site Ebitda was £153,000, up by 18.4% in the like-for-like business. Turner said: "We are delighted with the progress to date as we continue to invest in our brands and move into the next stage of Tragus’ development, further strengthening its position in the expanding UK restaurant sector with significant opportunities for growth ahead. "The business has demonstrated its resilience in the face of the security situation in London during July with overall like-for-like sales growth in the first quarter to August 2005 of 6.8%." The group aims to open around 12 restaurants each year and has funding in place to open 36 restaurants over the next three years. New restaurants are planned in Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, London and Manchester. The group, which was acquired by Legal and General Ventures in January, said that it saw potential for "further complementary acquisitions". Turner said there was "ample opportunity" in the UK to double the size of the Café Rouge estate and that the group would continue to focus on the casual dining sector. Revenue at the 82-strong Café Rouge chain increased by £9.2m to £60.0m, an increase of 18.1% on the previous year, backed by new openings. The brand, which was named for Turnaround Brand of the Year at this year’s Retailers’ Retailer Award, saw like-for-like growth of 10.6% for the financial year. The company said that the new Café Rouge EPOS system had allowed it to better understand sales patterns and manage costs more tightly. At Bella Italia, the brand was been re-positioned as an all day Italian trattoria following the rebranding from Bella Pasta and a new menu introduced in Spring 2005 featuring a new grill section. Like-for-like sales at the brand were up by 14.5%, with total sales rising by 14.3% to £43.9m, Two new Bella Italia restaurants have opened since May 2004, bringing the total number of sites to 64. Tragus also operates 14 brasseries under the brands Mamma Amalfi, Amalfi, Oriel, Abbaye and Leadenhall Wine Bar.