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New AutoGravity CEO Tries to Avoid Potholes

FINTECH: Vows smoother ride after leadership shakeupAutoGravity Corp., the Irvine fintech recently embroiled in management turmoil, is for sure keeping one thing: a wooden slide employees use to spirit themselves from the second floor to the first.

Habit Burger Signs Rare Franchise Deal

Habit Burger Restaurants Inc. said a franchisee will develop nine locations in Eastern Washington and Idaho, with the first ones scheduled to open early next year.

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UCI Adds to Campus

University of California, Irvine will be opening the doors to its new 65,000-square-foot “active learning” building next week.

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Johnny Rockets Promotes President to CEO

Lake Forest-based Johnny Rockets Group Inc. named President Mike Nolan its chief executive, effective Oct. 1, replacing John Maguire, who has left the company.

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$400M Montage Project to Montana

Montage Hotels & Resorts will manage Montage Big Sky in Montana when it opens in 2021. The resort getaway project broke ground Friday in a partnership of Montage parent Montage International in Irvine and CrossHarbor Capital Partners LLC in Boston.

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Marwaha Family Buys 3rd SD Hotel

An affiliate of Anaheim-based Marwaha Group Inc. paid $22.7 million for Hampton Inn Carlsbad in North San Diego County; the deal closed Aug. 31.

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Pizza Chain Names Yum Vet President, COO

Mountain Mike’s Pizza LLC hired Jim Metevier as president and chief operating officer.

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BPM Buys Santa Ana Accountancy

San Francisco’s BPM LLP, one of the 50 largest accountancies in the country, is entering Orange County with the purchase of Santa Ana’s Kramer & Olsen Accountancy Corp.

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Language School Plots Franchise Growth

Portal Languages in Costa Mesa plans six franchised locations to add to three sites it has opened so far in OC.

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T2 Buys Second Denver Parking Lot

T2 Hospitality in Newport Beach bought a quarter-acre of downtown Denver land for $3.55 million, a block from a one-third-acre parcel for which it paid $10 million in 2015, a local news report said.

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John Wayne FBO Gets Interim GM

Atlantic Aviation Named Kirsty Fournier interim general manager of its John Wayne Airport fixed base operations, replacing Mike Phegley.

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Quality Systems Now NextGen

Quality Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: QSII), an Irvine-based medical and dental practice management service provider, announced today that it has changed its corporate name to NextGen Healthcare Inc., effective immediately.

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Restaurant Temp Firm Adds Delivery

ShiftPixy Inc. said it will offer delivery driver employees to fast food and fast casual restaurant clients.

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PE-Backed Sauce Maker Buys Salsa Co.

Stir Foods LLC in Orange and Pacifica Foods, which has a facility in Corona, bought an Oceanside-based salsa maker on undisclosed terms.

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Ruby’s Files BK

Six affiliates of Ruby’s Diners Inc. filed for bankruptcy August 29, including Ruby’s Quality Diners LLC, Ruby’s SoCal Diners LLC, and four covering specific locations in Huntington Beach, Laguna Hills, Oceanside, and Palm Springs.

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Two Hotel Submarkets Now 90% Full

Hotels in Newport Beach and Huntington Beach topped 90% occupancy in July, according to a monthly report from Los Angeles-based CBRE Hotels.

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