Diner loves steak so much he buys restaurant

A millionaire businessman who dined at a Billericay restaurant enjoyed his steak so much he decided to buy the chain.

Alfie Best, who made his fortune in the mobile home industry, agreed to purchase the Rare Cow after he got chatting to its owner Richard Lester when he was having a meal there.

After learning that Lester was looking to move on, Best jumped at the chance of taking over the Essex chain’s three venues.

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Rare Cow only opened last year and specialises in fine steaks from more unusual breeds of cow. Despite launching on a shoestring budget, its success at turning former brewery-owned problem pub sites into popular dining venues led to it being crowned Essex Restaurant of the Year.

Lester told a local paper that the new owner hopes to expand the business with further outlets.

“Alfie really liked the restaurant so decided he wanted to invest. He thinks he could make it a national chain. Alfie has big plans for expansion and he is the man to take the brand forward.”

The chain is popular with actors from TV show TOWIE, with a recent episode of the programme filmed at the Billericay branch.

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