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Upscale Dining Weekend, New Eateries on OC’s Plate

Famed Italian Chef Stars At Festival This WeekendThere’s a very special event happening at the end of this week.

By Fifi Chao October 6, 2014 midnight   $$ Share
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Pac Communications Founder to Retire

Pacific Communications President Ryan Abbate said he will retire at the end of the year.

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Philharmonic Society Names Director

The Irvine-based Philharmonic Society of Orange County named John Mangum its new president and artistic director.

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St. Regis Names New GM

The St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point named Ian Pullan its General Manager.

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Chapman Film School in Top Five

The Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University cracked another film school list, coming in at No. 4 on the College Factual ranking of the 10 best U.S. film schools.

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Kia Motors Signs New NBA Deal

Irvine-based Kia Motors America Inc. will continue as the Official Automotive Partner of the National Basketball Association, and its K900 sedan will take on the role of the league’s official luxury vehicle.

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OC Auto Sales on Pace for 7.3% Gain

Sales at Orange County auto dealers rose 6.4% to 46,540 vehicles in the third quarter compared to the same period last year—the 16th consecutive quarterly improvement, according to the Newport Beach-based Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.

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Vizio New Title Sponsor for Fiesta Bowl

Irvine-based Vizio Inc. has signed on as the title sponsor of the 44th Annual Fiesta Bowl.

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Houston Firm Buys Stake in Brea Distributor

Minerco Resources Inc. in Houston, Texas, has acquired 30% stake in Brea-Based Avanzar Sales and Distribution LLC for $500,000.

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OC Restaurants Sign on to Local Jobsite

Two Orange County-based restaurant chains have signed on to find employees from a new online employment service, the company behind the website said.

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Kodiak Takes $5M Stake in Energy Company

Newport Beach-based investment firm Kodiak Capital Group LLC has agreed to buy $5 million worth of common stock of Cirque Energy Inc., a Detroit-based developer of alternative energy sources.

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Taco Bell Rolls Out New App

Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp. today introduced its new mobile app for ordering and payment.

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BJ’s Up on Q3

Shares of Huntington Beach-based BJ’s Restaurants Inc. rose sharply after hours Thursday on third-quarter results, and continued to rise in midday trading Friday.

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Ingram Improves Margins

Santa Ana-based Ingram Micro Inc. today reported third-quarter revenue that beat Wall Street expectations and adjusted profits in line with estimates.

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UCI Shares in $8M Stem Cell Grant

University of California-Irvine announced it will conduct clinical trials for stem cell treatment in partnership with University of California-Los Angeles under an $8 million grant.

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RSM Pizza Chain Expands in California

Rancho Santa Margarita-based Pieology Pizzeria plans seven new locations in Northern and Central California by the end of 2014.