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City Grill Group celebrates 12 years of Excellence in gastronomy + City Grill Group targets business expansion internationally by opening new restaurants in Vienna and London

city grillCity Grill Group is celebrating 12 years of existence and as many of Excellence in gastronomy,  a period during which the largest Romanian group of restaurants expanded and developed in accordance with the requirements and evolution of food & bar market from Romania.

City Grill Group’s portfolio has seven brands of restaurants and cafes that meet the requests of a wide range of consumers and is suitable for a wide range of events. On short term City Grill Group aims the strengthening and right positioning on the market of the two new brands, “Hanu’ lui Manuc” and “Pescarus”, opened last year, but also the consolidation of the entire group. The objectives of sustainable development on medium term, during 2016-2018, include the opening of new locations, the company always looking for new acquisitions that may complement its current portfolio.

“We want to develop in an organic way and we consider to expand both in Bucharest and other major cities – like Cluj – but also outside Romania, in Vienna and London. We aim to take over new brands, independent locations that we will refurbish;  our investments for each new location is between EUR 250.000-400.000. City Grill Group’s current acquisition budget is about EUR 2 million for two new restaurants, “said Dragos Petrescu, CEO of City Grill Group.

In 2015, the group’s turnover was about EUR 24 million and the forecast for the current year, after the first quarter, indicate an increase of 20 percent up to EUR 30 million. Dragos Petrescu estimates that starting next year, the group will have a steady growth of 10-15% annually.

By the end of 2016, the number of employees will reach 1300-1500 and will increase steadily in accordance to the increase of the number of locations.


City Grill Group is proactively involved in community’s activities and supports performance


In its 12 years of activity, the City Grill Group reinterpreted the gastronomy, the old Romanian values and was part of the community through proactive support of important humanitarian projects and sports competitions.

City Grill Group joined the team of Principesa Margareta a Romaniei Foundation in the project “Never alone”. City Grill endorses with the support of its clients, people aged over 65, affected by loneliness, illness and material concerns. Starting November 2014, every customer who wants to help elderly can donate a lunch menu in City Grill restaurants. With the money raised by volunteers of Principesa Margareta a Romaniei Foundation is provided a hot meal to the elderly enrolled in the program.

Andrei Rosu the first Romanian who ran the marathon at the North Pole, is supported in this endeavor for several years by City Grill Group.

Holder of several national records for road running, Andrei managed to enter in the Guinness Book, becoming the first person who ran seven marathons and ultramarathons on seven continents in 582 days!

City of Bucharest is on the map of European capitals by organising international street marathons accredited by AISM (Association of International Street Marathons) and through the participation of

approximately 300 foreigners who have come – some for the first time in Bucharest – to run at Bucharest City Marathon. Hanu’ Berarilor Casa Oprea Soare, part of the City Grill Group’s portfolio has been every year, since 2009, the host for all athletes that run at competitive races for “Pasta Party” event. The group is also one of the regular sponsors for many sporting events. Each year, City Grill Group’s  employees have attended these competitions alongside athletes who were sustained by the company


About Group City Grill


Founded in 2004 by Dragos Petrescu, City Grill Group currently has a portfolio of seven brands – City Grill, Trattoria Buongiorno, Hanu ‘Berarilor, Caru’ cu Bere, Pescarus, Hanu’ lui Manuc, and City Cafe and 16 locations. The Group has strengthened its position on the Romanian market by offering its customers healthy products using fresh raw materials, a customized concept and design for each brand and through professionalism and dedication.

Since 2009 until now, City Grill Group has received over 25 awards and honors as recognition of professionalism and success in the hospitality industry.


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