People simply don't do lunch like they once did. 'You've only got to look around the City to see that,' a mournful Malcolm Kimmins, the managing director of the group, told me. 'Times have changed and the expense account is a difficult thing to justify at the moment.' A sandwich and a tipple is more in keeping with these belt- tightening days, it seems. Corney's two wine bars have been doing well - the one in the Lloyd's insurance building is particularly remunerative.
Corney is seeking offers of upwards of a million pounds for all four up- market restaurants. They are not exactly generating profits, but Bunhill is assured all are in 'break-even situations'. A recovery buy, perhaps?
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