Ex-Clapham House Group chairman David Page is in pole position to acquire the six-strong Real Greek chain, after rival Luke Johnson, the serial restaurant investor, pulled out of the race to acquire the business, M&C Report has learnt. It is unclear whether Page is looking to acquire the chain independently or in tandem with Foglia di Fico Produzioni (Fig Leaf Productions), the new company formed earlier this year to roll out the Franco Manca pizza chain, of which he is a shareholder. Page always had a soft spot for Real Greek, although it never fitted in with Clapham House Group’s larger growth plans for Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK). The Real Greek currently operates sites in Bankside, Covent Garden, Hoxton, Marylebone, Spitalfields and Westfield. A seventh site in Putney was disposed of last year. It is thought that if successful, Page would continue to run sites under the Real Greek brand. Capricorn Ventures, the private equity owner of the GBK and Nando’s chains, placed the Real Greek on the market earlier this year. M&C Report believes that had he been successful, Johnson would have looked at bringing the chain under his recently launched umbrella company 3Sixty Restaurants, which comprises the Ego and Rocket Restaurant businesses.