Euro Garages

Little Chef owner Kout Food Group has confirmed it is in talks to sell the roadside restaurant chain.

It follows reports last week by The Sun that forecourt operator Euro Garages was in “advanced talks” to buy the brand and its 70 restaurants.

But the Kuwaiti firm, which bought the chain for £15m from Rcapital in 2013, said “more than one corporation” was interested in buying the brand.

“Kout Food Group confirms that more than one corporation (including an international chain) has expressed interest in commencing operations within the Little Chef portfolio of over 70 sites,” Kout Food Group said in a statement.

“Kout Food Group will evaluate all strategic options for this unique portfolio, keeping in view stakeholders including customers and staff.”

Founded in 1958, Little Chef reached its peak of 439 outlets in 2000, but several takeovers and restructuring has seen this number dwindle.