Bunhill: A backward step

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The Independent Online
FROM an astute self-publicist restaurateur to one who appears to have taken a step back recently. Word reaches me that Bob Payton's My Kinda Town group, which owns the Chicago Pizza Pie Factory, Henry J Bean's and Chicago Rib Shack chains, is being offered for sale. Not so, booms Payton. 'They are absolutely not for sale.' Although . . . 'Everything is for sale. There are always guys who say 'If I can find a buyer for your restaurant chain, will you sell it?' I turned down an offer of pounds 25m 18 months ago. If you can get close to that, let me know.'

He can be reached at My Kinda Town, 1 Raphael St, London SW7 1DL.