Restaurant groups are back in favour among buy-out groups which may again be “tucking in their napkins for another course of corporate activity,” reports the Financial Times. The newspaper says this week's £559m takeover approach by Cinven for Gondola Holdings, owner of PizzaExpress, Zizzi and Ask, has highlighted the growing appetite for eating out and restaurant stocks. Cinven could use Gondola as a platform to buy private rivals such as Clapham House or Tragus, say analysts. Close Brothers says a lot is happening behind the scene. Other companies on the block include Yo Sushi, Living Ventures and Town Centre. Gondola proved one of the week's biggest climbers on the stock market, up 72.75p to 401.75p. Financial Times 09/09/06 page 19 The Times 09/09/06 page 59 (The week's biggest movers)