The Restaurant Group has raised profit expectations after a strong Christmas period.
Although the Wagamama owner was affected by work from home guidance and Covid restrictions, sales remained strong in the previous quarter.
In October and November, sales were up 11% and 8% compared to the same periods in 2019. Sales in December dipped 10%.
Profits for 2021 are expected to be at the top end of expectations (£73-£79m).
The group has warned that it could take a while to recover, despite restrictions lifting next week.