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Pelican steps up growth outside its London base

The Pelican Group is making huge strides in its bid to become the fastest-growing restaurant group in the UK, as full-year financial figures unveiled tomorrow are expected to show.

The group is getting closer to its target of 100 restaurants by the end of March 1996. It recently opened its 70th restaurant in Glasgow’s Italian Centre – its first outlet in Scotland and its 42nd Café Rouge.

Further Café Rouges will follow in Aberdeen at the end of August and in central Edinburgh, when a site is found. Pelican has also signalled its intention to open a Café Rouge in Dublin.

Chairman Roger Myers confirmed to Caterer that he had identified a further 10 sites in Kingston, Windsor, Chelmsford, Dorking, Dublin, High Wycombe, Guildford, Tunbridge Wells, Weybridge and Manchester.

Newcastle is also on the target list as the London-based group bids to secure a nationwide presence.

Mr Myers said openings were also planned for the revitalised Dôme café-bar brand, acquired from Forte last year. A Dôme is scheduled to open in Richmond, Surrey, in a week’s time.

Two more London branches will follow, in Camden in September and in Soho shortly.

Tomorrow’s figures are predicted to show pre-tax profits up from £2.5m to £4.1m.

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