A to Z Restaurants will this week ask Park Place Capital to stump up around £29m for Signature Restaurants Group. Park Place Capital is expected to decide this Thursday whether to give A to Z owner Giuliano Lotto the financial firepower he needs.

There is still a real possibility that Park Place, which has a 29.6% stake in Signature, owner of The Ivy in London, will accept a management buyout from Luke Johnson, the Signature chairman.

Financial Mail on Sunday 13/10/02 page 13