Orange County Business Journal

Former Del Taco Exec Joins Quiznos

Heidi Kulicke Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A former chief operating officer of Lake Forest-based Mexican fast food chain Del Taco LLC has taken the same position with Denver-based sandwich specialist Quiznoz.

James Lyons was chief operating officer of franchise and chief development officer at Del Taco from 2008 until January of this year, when he left the company. His position remains unfilled.

Del Taco made a number of changes to executive lineup in operations, marketing and finance earlier this year.

The chain was founded in 1964 and has 546 company-owned or franchised restaurants in 17 states, with revenue of $591 million in 2011.

The company has 67 restaurants in Orange County, with 1,250 employees, including workers at its headquarters.