Dentons predicts more casual dining offerings as The Restaurant Group takes over Barburrito

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Experts have hailed a “strong appetite” for further consolidation in the casual dining sector after Dentons advised The Restaurant Group (TRG) on its £7million purchase of Mexican-themed chain Barburrito.

Edinburgh-based Dentons division chief Brian Moore, who led the team advising on the deal, said buyers with the necessary cash were looking at opportunities in the UK and Europe.

Mr Moore, who is a respected expert on food and drink offerings, having advised clients such as Edrington, owner of Macallan, First Milk and Nc’nean Distillery, said: ‘Even when their spending is squeezed by the rising inflation, consumers are still loyal to their favorite brands, especially when it comes to dining out.

“Our expertise in working with owners of branded hotel portfolios means we know there are other deals just waiting to be done.

“There is definitely a strong appetite among portfolio owners to buy more hotel brands.

“Our experience in the food and beverage industry and in brand protection helped us close this transaction quickly, securing the best deal for TRG.”

Dentons was TRG’s sole adviser on the deal, with Mr Moore joined by his colleague Lorna McCaa from the UK tax team, as well as colleagues Diana Mennie, a senior partner in his Edinburgh office, and Charlotte White, partner in its Glasgow branch.

They were supported by tax advisor John Finnick, real estate partner Brian Hutcheson, real estate partner Graham Ronald and intellectual property partner Ross Nicol.

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