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Franchiser Waives $75,000 Fee for Vets

RETAIL: Focus on military members active in past 2 years

Orange-based franchiser Budget Blinds Inc. said it will waive a $75,000 franchise fee for qualified recent military veterans interested in starting their own window covering business.

ZPizza Brews Up Response to ‘Fast-Casual’ Competitors

RESTAURANTS: ‘Tap rooms’ in works at about 50 locations

ZPizza International Inc. said it will add 50 “tap rooms” at some of its current locations and all new restaurants expected in a franchising push that comes as the 28-year-old chain responds to competition from fast-casual and build-your-own competitors that have blossomed in recent years.

Longtime Eatery Closes After Failed Concept Change

Nieuport 17 Opened in ’70, Changed After 2010 Sale

The word is out: Nieuport 17 in Tustin will close at the end of March after a 45-year run.

Comic Star Gives Taco Bell Free Boost on His Show

O’Brien Puts Irish Twist Into Chain’s Test Kitchen

Late-night TV host Conan O’Brien was on a quest to make his IT guru Chris Hayes’ dreams come true with a visit to Taco Bell Corp.’s test kitchen, but he probably did the same for the Irvine-based fast-food chain’s marketing manager, Katie Gardiner.

Brewery Snaps Up Property Next to Angel Stadium

Win-Dor Site Once Eyed For 20-Story Office Tower

Golden Road Brewing, a growing craft beer maker based in Los Angeles, has snapped up an industrial building across the street from Angel Stadium for its first Orange County location.

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Solis Invests in SA Safety Gear Maker

Newport Beach-based private equity firm Solis Capital Partners has acquired an equity stake in Santa Ana-based ML Kishigo Manufacturing Co.

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Restaurant Firm Buys 55-Unit Chain

Irvine-based American Restaurant Holdings Inc. said an affiliate bought Colonia, N.J.-based Muscle Maker Grill.

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OC Auto Sales Up 6.8% in 2014

Auto sales rose 6.8% in Orange County last year, and are expected to increase 4.1% this year, according to the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.

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Kia Recalls Forte Sedans

Irvine-based Kia Motors America Inc. has recalled 86,880 of its Forte sedans due to an increased risk of fire, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Can Lu Lift Fisker?

AUTOS: Chinese billionaire vows to restart stalled luxury hybrid brand

About 140 employees at Fisker Automotive and Technologies Group LLC are packed in a conference room to meet the man behind the automaker’s comeback bid.

Cosmetics Brand Takes Creative Office in Irvine

REAL ESATE: Too Faced adds space amid reports of sale

Too Faced Cosmetics LLC, an Irvine-based cosmetics company that’s said to be considering a sale, has inked a lease for a much larger headquarters in its hometown.

Kodiak Capital to Fold NY Office Into OC Base

FINANCE: NB-based firm busy with small-stake strategy

Newport Beach-based investment firm Kodiak Capital Group LLC is off to a busy start this year with several deals on the books and plans to consolidate its East Coast operations in Orange County in coming months.

Del Taco to Expand to Northeast US

Lake Forest-based Del Taco LLC said it will begin franchising in New Jersey, its first restaurants in the Northeast.

Mophie Puts $4.5M Into Super Bowl Ad, Hopes for OT

Smartphone Case Maker Bets on ‘Extra Time’

Two Orange County-based advertisers are coughing up $4.4 million each for a 30-second Super Bowl 2015 spot—one a veteran of the big game and another making its first appearance.

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El Pollo Loco a Takeover Target?

Costa Mesa-based El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. has been mentioned as a possible takeover target after news reports that a Philippines-based restaurant company is shopping for a U.S.-based regional fast food chain worth at least $1 billion.