Ask Central, which is in the middle of a two-way tug between Restaurant Group and the private investor TDR, has issued another 550,000 ordinary shares to allow its employees to take up their rights under the company's share option schemes. The move would make Ask £1.21m more expensive for TDR to buy if it went ahead with its proposed offer of 220p a share for the company. Ask now has 96,755,600 ordinary shares in issue.