The owner of LA Fitness, the gyms group, is believed to be among a group of potential buyers of Wagamama, the noodle-bar chain that last week shelved plans for a £200m IPO. MidOcean Partners – also a former investor in Laurel Pub Company – is one of a small number of firms in the running for the company, which is chaired by Ian Neill. Another contender is said to be Tragus, the private-equity backed restaurant group that owns Café Rouge, Bella Italia and Strada. Wagamama was put up for sale last week by its owner Lion Capital, the buyout firm that owns majority stakes in Kettle Crisps and Weetabix cereals. The Sunday Times, Business section, page 2