Tony Hughes, the restaurant industry veteran and an independent director on the board of Restaurant Group, has purchased shares in the Frankie & Benny's operator worth more than £220,000. Hughes, who used to head the pub-restaurant division of Mitchells & Butlers, bought 81,476 shares at 274p, taking his total holdings in the group to 91,476 shares. The purchase was made on 31 December. Based on the current share price of 279p, his stake is worth £256,000.