Spanish-themed restaurant operator La Tasca said it would be more heavily dependent upon Christmas trading this year than in previous years.
The company, which has restaurants at Birmingham city centre, Star City and Solihull, made the comments as it reported an increase in first half pretax profit which was held back to some extent by the impact of the World Cup.
The company, which specialises in Tapas food, unveiled an interim pretax profit of £1.66 million in the six months to October 29.
This compared with a figure of £1.59 million a year ago and included a £400,000 reduction in profit caused by the World Cup.
Turnover rose 19.5 per cent to £32.2 million.
La Tasca declared an interim dividend of 0.44 pence a share, up 19 per cent over the prior year.
The group also said it has appointed Matthew Powell as the company's new finance director with effect from January 1.
The company said current trading remained in line with its expectations with strong bookings across all of its brands.
La Tasca, which operates 70 restaurants - 56 are La Tascas in the UK, with four in the United States, seven La Vi?as and three Sam & Maxie's bar and grills restaurants - added it was on track to open a further six outlets in the second half.
Chief executive James Horler said: "We are approaching the important Christmas season and we are pleased to report that we have strong bookings across all of our brands."
Shares closed down 2.5 at 145p.