Urban Dining PLC


Urban Dining was set up by former PizzaExpress and Punch Taverns directors to buy  up to three proven restaurant brands with 15 or more venues and expand each brand into chains of around 100 outlets in major cities across the UK.

Its first (and only) brand was Tootsies, a UK-wide chain of quality, family-oriented burger restaurants located on high streets and in shopping centres, which it acquired in 2004.

Following disappointing trading figures, the group  abandoned its planned role as a consolidator in the industry and was acquired in May 2006 by Clapham House Group.

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Operating Data:

At the time of the takeover by Clapham House Group, Urban Dining had 30 Tootsies restaurants and around 800 employees.

Financial Snapshot:

Last published full-year figures

Turnover: £4.1m
Pre-tax profit: -£135,000

Last published half-year figures

Turnover: £9.3m
Pre-tax profit: £625,000

Financial year end: 30 January 2005
Half year end: 31 July 2005