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Real Mex Names Yum Vet CFO

Cypress-based Real Mex Restaurants Inc. said on Monday it named Laurie Lawhorne its new chief financial officer.

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Four OC Restaurants in Expo Charity Event

Four Orange County-based restaurant companies will compete in a fundraising food event at the upcoming Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Wahoo’s Grows Up

Chain Gets Past Downturn, Puts Corporate Vet in Kitchen

Wahoo’s Fish Taco wants to keep it casual for customers even as it tightens up the way the 61-restaurant chain goes about its business.

NB Cosmetics Maker Plans First Store

Urban Decay Cosmetics LLC plans to open its first stand-alone store this fall at Fashion Island.

Asics Project ‘First In-Event, Real-Time’ TV Ad

Commercial Featured Live Shots of Olympic Swimmer

The newest marketing play by Asics America Corp. has blurred the line between advertising and live television programming.

OC’s Wealthiest

Orange County’s wealthiest person has been putting a fair amount of his fortune back into his business over the past year—but we’re figuring that he’s still likely to have seen a boost to his bottom line of about $1 billion.

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Hyundai to Pay Penalty for Failing to Report Defect

Hyundai Motor America said it will pay a $17.4 million civil penalty and comply with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s oversight requirements for failing to report in a timely manner a braking system defect that affected Hyundai Genesis vehicle model years 2009 to 2012.

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Buena Park Footwear Brand Sells Majority Stake

Evolv Sports & Designs LLC said Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co. in New York acquired a majority stake in the Buena Park-based manufacturer of climbing footwear.

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Urban Decay Store Set for Fashion Island

Urban Decay Cosmetics LLC said it plans to open its first stand-alone store at Fashion Island this fall.

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Ice Cream Operator Farrell’s Will Franchise

The Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour Restaurants parent company Lake Forest-based Parlour Enterprises Inc. said it will begin franchising.

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Irvine Exec to Atlanta for AutoTrader.com

Jared Rowe will shift from the president’s post at Irvine-based Kelley Blue Book to the same title with parent company AutoTrader.com.

El Pollo Loco Charts Measured Growth This Time

RESTAURANTS: Post IPO, eyes nearly 400 Southwest spots

El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. will target focused growth in markets similar to where it’s already strong with its well-received public offering under its belt.

Café Tu Tu Tango Still Tempts Taste Buds for Less

Spanish Menu Served Up in Boho Indy Style

People always ask restaurant journalists: “What is your favorite restaurant?”

Vans Props for Secret Missions in New Skate Line Ad

Rapidweld ‘S’ Pack Shoes Celebrate Skating Lifestyle

Vans Inc.’s new skate line, Rapidweld “S” Pack, pays “homage to a culture of classified missions led by the military, the Air Force and beyond.”

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PacSun Exec Moves to Wet Seal

Wet Seal Inc. in Foothill Ranch said it appointed Christine Lee executive vice president and chief merchandising officer.