September 16, 2012 |
The gig: John Galardi is the founder and, through his Irvine firm Galardi Group Inc., owner and operator of Wienerschnitzel, the world's largest hot dog chain. The business: From a single hot dog stand in Los Angeles' Wilmington neighborhood in 1961, Galardi grew the business quickly, soon serving chili dogs to people driving through the middle of his signature A-frame buildings. Wienerschnitzel, based in Irvine, now has 350 stores in 10 states and Guam and also serves hamburgers.
May 7, 1986 |
In a move designed to remove its single-product image, Der Wienerschnitzel International Inc. has changed its name to Galardi Group Inc. after the privately held company's founder and president, Jack Galardi. The 25-year-old company began with the Der Wienerschnitzel chain of hot dog restaurants, but in recent years has added two other restaurant operations and has broadened the Wienerschnitzel menu to include hamburgers and other sandwiches.
October 29, 1992 |
Free-trade deal or not, Southern California fast-food chains continue to open restaurants in Mexico. Carl Karcher Enterprises Inc., which has licensed Carl's Jr. restaurants in Monterrey, Mexico City and other Mexican metropolitan areas, opened its first restaurant Wednesday in Tijuana. The licensee, Carl's de Baja, plans to open additional Carl's Jr. restaurants in Baja California during the next five years.
February 19, 1995
* H. Mark Mersel and Ronald P. Oines have joined the Irvine office of the Morrison & Foerster law firm as litigation associates. Mersel was previously associated with Cox, Castle & Nicholson and Gendel Raskoff, Shapiro & Quittner. His areas of expertise include bankruptcy, real estate, financial institutions and other areas of complex commercial litigation. Oines, who was a Morrison & Foerster litigation associate from 1989 to 1993, returns to the firm after a year with another law firm.
July 13, 1997
* Mike Liby has been appointed vice president of operations for CKE Restaurants Inc. in Anaheim, the parent company of Carl Karcher Enterprises Inc., Casa Bonita Inc. and Summit Family Restaurants Inc. Liby joined the company in 1987 as director of loss prevention and safety. He was most recently director of training and special projects. Ed Donahue has been named vice president of Region 1, overseeing the operations of 110 restaurants in the Inland Empire, parts of Los Angeles and Tucson.
January 10, 2005 |
The hottest new hamburger at Hardee's is an unabashedly unhealthful mountain of meat called the Monster Thickburger. Loaded with two 1/3-pound Angus beef patties, four strips of bacon and three slices of cheese, slathered with a generous glob of mayonnaise and encased in a buttered bun, it's not exactly a celebration of calorie counting. Who's counting? When the 1,420-calorie, 107-fat-gram behemoth was unleashed, people gobbled it up.