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3 of 4 OC-Based Automakers Top Sales Pace

Three of the four Orange County-based automakers outpaced the industry overall in June, according to Autodata Corp.

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Galardi Group CEO Named to Literacy Board

Cindy Galardi Culpepper, the chief executive office of Irvine-based restaurant operator Galardi Group Inc., has been has been named to the board of the Literacy Project.

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Mazda Named St. Jude Children’s Hospital Corporate Partner

Mazda North American Operations’ Drive for Good holiday promotion has grown into a new role as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s corporate partner of the year.

El Pollo Plans to Stay on Familiar Turf After IPO

DINING: Modest growth plan follows sales gains, renovations

El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. hopes the second time is a charm on its plans to go public.

Dining on the Latin Side Vibrant, Tasty, Unexpected

Traditional, Progressive Eateries Serve Up Magia

This is the first time I have rounded up a group of Mexican or Latin-themed restaurants for Fifi’s Best. There are lists of the Best Tacos, the Best Margaritas, the Best Mexican Restaurants, and more in so many publications and online. I’m taking another avenue.

Business Still Warm for Restaurant Chains

DINING: Biggest based here top $14 billion in sales

Orange County’s 30 largest restaurant chains grew sales 3.4% to surpass $14 billion in systemwide sales last year, reflecting an industry trend of modest overall improvements as the economic recovery continues.

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Nekter’s Chief Visionary Sees Expansion in Future

Alexis Schulze has a confession to make. “I personally don’t love vegetables,” says the cofounder of Nekter Juice Bar Inc.

El Torito Chain Aims to Prove Its Mexican Mettle

Ad Campaign On 60th Anniversary of Company

The El Torito restaurant chain has launched an advertising campaign, “We Know Mexican,” to mark its 60th anniversary and to “reconnect with consumers.”

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OC Franchisee Plans 12 Craft-Your-Own Pizza Restaurants

Santa Ana-based Crafty Pizza Inc. plans to open 12 PizzaRev locations in Orange County.

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Del Taco Parent Considers $500 Million Sale

Lake Forest-based Del Taco LLC is seeking a buyer and could sell for $500 million or more, according to reports.

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El Pollo Loco Files Plans for $100M IPO

Costa Mesa-based restaurant chain El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. has filed plans for a $100 million initial public offering.

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OC Auto Sales Up Again in May

Sales at Orange County auto dealers rose 6.2% to 13,190 vehicles in May compared with the same period last year, according to Newport Beach-based Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.

Johnny Rockets’ Global Plan Continues to Emerge

DINING: Focused on Asia, Africa, South America for now

Johnny Rockets Group Inc. continues to seek fresh territory for its international expansion, with plans to add Colombia and Tunisia to its international roster of Americana-themed diners in 2014.

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DIY Pizza Chain Names President

Rancho Santa Margarita-based Pieology Pizzeria named Bob Baker company president.

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Elephant Bar Bankrupt

Costa Mesa-based S.B. Restaurant Co., operator of the Elephant Bar Restaurant chain, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday.