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August 7, 2004 | Julie Tamaki
Panda Restaurant Group Inc. announced the appointment of a new president as the Rosemead company prepares to nearly double in size over the next three years. The chain of Chinese restaurants appointed Tom Davin, 46, as president and chief operating officer. Davin was previously an operating partner at Brentwood Associates, chairman of Spectrum Clubs Inc. and had served as chief operating officer at Taco Bell Corp. * Julie Tamaki
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August 7, 2004 | Julie Tamaki
Panda Restaurant Group Inc. announced the appointment of a new president as the Rosemead company prepares to nearly double in size over the next three years. The chain of Chinese restaurants appointed Tom Davin, 46, as president and chief operating officer. Davin was previously an operating partner at Brentwood Associates, chairman of Spectrum Clubs Inc. and had served as chief operating officer at Taco Bell Corp. * Julie Tamaki
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August 13, 2008 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
Andrew Cherng remembers pacing through his Chinese restaurant in Pasadena wondering whether any customers would show. It was a difficult time. He had borrowed from family members and the Small Business Administration to open the eatery and had debts to pay. "People would stick their heads in and leave," Cherng recalled. His mother went out and sprinkled the sidewalk with salt, a Chinese custom to expel negative energy. It worked. Thirty-five years later, Cherng, 61, and his wife, Peggy, control one of the largest family-owned fast-food empires in America.
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August 11, 2003 | Melinda Fulmer, Times Staff Writer
When the airline industry nose-dived after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, food preparer Overhill Farms Inc. was hit particularly hard. Vernon-based Overhill relied on airlines as a major buyer of its prepared meals. It supplied American, Delta and Northwest, as well as United Airlines before that carrier filed for bankruptcy protection.
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September 6, 2004 | Julie Tamaki, Times Staff Writer
Forget the burger battles and taco tussles. The latest food fight in Southern California is between wok-wielding foes vying to dominate the market for fast, fresh and affordable Asian fare. Pei Wei Asian Diner, Pick Up Stix and others are expanding despite the hurdles: an abundance of mom-and-pop competitors, a shortage of prime restaurant sites and the complexities behind churning out shrimp with lobster sauce, vegetarian stir-fry and three-flavored dumplings.
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