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Goulash Co-op increases bid for restaurant.

COVENTRY man John Goodman is hoping a second helping of his bid for a famous Hungarian restaurant in Soho will go down well with the owners.

He is a driving force behind a co-operative which is pitching to buy the Gay Hussar, a cherished hang-out of hacks and politicians for goulash and gossip.

John's ties with the bistro were formed when he was taken there as a youngster by his father, the legendary Mirror journalist Geoffrey Goodman who died in September.

Coincidentally, it is now being sold by the group which owns The Chace Hotel in Coventry, not far from John's home.

Fearing it would be bought up for redevelopment, he and fellow enthusiasts formed The Goulash Co-operative, issued PS100 public shares, and submitted a bid of PS172,000.

Though outbid in that round, an increased offer of PS222,000 was put on the table.

More than 160 members of the co-operative are willing to pick up the tab, he reports.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Mar 28, 2014
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