At least two or three more restaurant groups are expected to fall before the end of 2018, analysts from real estate agents Christie and Co have predicted.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIn the first half of 2018, a number of high profile operators have turned to company voluntary arrangements (CVAs) as a means to manage underperforming sites. Groups such as Jamie\u2019s Italian, Prezzo, Byron and Carluccio\u2019s have taken this route.\r\n\r\nThis includes also London-based operators, such as Barbecoa, Conran & Prescott, Hummus Brothers and more recently the Gaucho Group which has fallen into administration.\r\n\r\nHowever, in its half-year review, Christie and Co said other major operators have continued to prosper; Wagamama has shown growth in sales and its number of sites, with further expansion overseas. Nando\u2019s reported double digit growth and has continued to acquire new sites nationally.\r\n\r\nIn comparison, the outlook seemed relatively positive for independents and smaller operators.\r\n\r\nIndependents such as Mowgli, Honest Burger and Giggling Squid appear to have taken advantage of opportunities with many finding success with street food concepts. The report found that small restaurant groups outside London expanded by nearly 20% last year.\r\n\r\nIt said this was because independent companies were focusing on its food offering and providing a great experience rather than following a \u201ccookie cutter\u201d approach. It said such restaurants were attracting more diners who sought new and interesting eateries.\r\n\r\nChristie and Co also predicted that operators who adapted alongside technology and social media would thrive. It said the most adopted technology trend was the rise of home delivery services and apps, followed by contactless payments and click and collect services.\r\n\r\nChristie and Co will release its Business Outlook 2019, presenting an annual overview and year ahead forecast for all of its sectors, including restaurants, in January 2019.