APPAREL / RETAIL

Real Mex Files BK; To Sell

Holding companies that own chains run under Real Mex Restaurants Inc. have filed for bankruptcy and will sell to an affiliate of New York-based private equity firm Z Capital Group LLC, which along with Santa Monica-based Tennebaum Capital Partners will provide $5.5 million in debtor-in-possession financing during the Chapter 11 process.

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Din Tai Fung Expands

Popular Taiwanese restaurant chain Din Tai Fung is expanding its only Orange County location, at South Coast Plaza shopping center in Costa Mesa.

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Taco Bell Quarter Mixed

Taco Bell Corp. in Irvine reported lower quarterly operating profit on higher systemwide sales, with same-store sales up, but below expectations and less than the same period a year ago.

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Loco Revenue Flat, Income Down

El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. said quarterly revenue increased less than 1% to $106 million and net income fell by a third, to $5.1 million, compared with the same period last year.

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Habit Revenue, Net Income, Comps Up

Habit Restaurants Inc. in Irvine reported quarterly income of more than $2 million on revenue topping $103 million, up 90% and 23% respectively. Comparable same-store sales at the casual burger chain grew 1.2%.

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Potbelly’s 4 in OC, Finally

Potbelly Corp. looks to finally open in OC with four franchised locations, starting with one in Irvine, early next year.

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361 Degrees Names Head of Sales

361 Degrees International Ltd. in Irvine appointed Isaac “Ike” Alvear as head of sales.

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Mitsubishi Adds Offices

Cypress-based automaker Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. said it will expand its field operations today from two zone offices to four.

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BJ’s Up

BJ’s Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: BJRI) in Huntington Beach reported net income of $16.9 million, up 76% year-over-year, on revenue of $287.6 million, up 8%, in its most recent quarter.

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Del Taco Quarter Mixed

Del Taco Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: TACO) reported $4.2 million in net income, down 20% year-over-year, on $117.8 million in revenue, up 8.5%, in its most recent quarter.

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Pizza Franchise Developer Ready

Mountain Mike’s Pizza LLC in Newport Beach said Robofran Development LLC expects to sell 40 franchises over the next 10 years as an area developer in Riverside and parts of San Bernardino Counties.

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Chicken Franchise Adds 3 in OC

City of Industry-based Yang Ming Yu Braised Chicken USA Group plans three franchised locations of Yang’s Braised Chicken Rice in OC, following its first store in the U.S., a corporate location that opened in Tustin in September.

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Taco Bell Goes Big Overseas

Taco Bell Corp. in Irvine signed current franchisees in Spain and Brazil to add 40 locations a year between the two countries over the next decade.

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AutoGravity Names New CEO, CTO

AutoGravity named a new chief executive and chief technology officer to replace two award-winning executives who unexpectedly departed the fast-growing Irvine fintech in the past two months.

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AutoGravity’s Co-Founder Departs as CEO

Andy Hinrichs in May departed as chief executive of AutoGravity, an award-winning fintech company he co-founded in 2016, the Business Journal has learned.

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