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June 25, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Red Lobster Comes Out a Winner: The Irvine parent company of such eateries as Coco's, Carrows and El Torito formally apologized to General Mills Inc. for calling the Minneapolis company's Red Lobster seafood chain "Red Loser." Restaurant Enterprises Group Inc. also agreed to pay an undisclosed amount to settle the trademark disparagement lawsuit filed by General Mills.
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January 8, 1994 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Clearing the way for what would be the largest coast-to-coast chain of sit-down Mexican-style restaurants, a bankruptcy judge in Delaware on Friday approved Restaurant Enterprises Group Inc.'s reorganization plan. In a complicated recapitalization to be completed later this month, Foodmaker Inc. in San Diego and two investment partners will acquire Irvine-based REG, which operates the El Torito Mexican restaurant chain and the Carrows and Coco's chains.
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November 19, 1992 | MICHAEL FLAGG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Restaurant Enterprises Group Inc. said Wednesday that its cash crunch is so severe it will suspend paying interest on $275 million in junk bonds until sales go up and it can pare its costs of doing business. The company amassed that debt in 1986, when it bought the Coco's and Carrows chains of coffee shops, the Charley Brown's family restaurant chain and the El Torito Mexican restaurant chain.
BUSINESS
June 25, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Red Lobster Comes Out a Winner: The Irvine parent company of such eateries as Coco's, Carrows and El Torito formally apologized to General Mills Inc. for calling the Minneapolis company's Red Lobster seafood chain "Red Loser." Restaurant Enterprises Group Inc. also agreed to pay an undisclosed amount to settle the trademark disparagement lawsuit filed by General Mills.
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January 8, 1994 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Clearing the way for what would be the largest coast-to-coast chain of sit-down Mexican-style restaurants, a bankruptcy judge in Delaware on Friday approved Restaurant Enterprises Group Inc.'s reorganization plan. In a complicated recapitalization to be completed later this month, Foodmaker Inc. in San Diego and two investment partners will acquire Irvine-based REG, which operates the El Torito Mexican restaurant chain and the Carrows and Coco's chains.
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January 24, 1991 | ANNE MICHAUD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Come summer, 104 Boys will be looking for work. Restaurant Enterprises Group Inc. of Irvine has agreed to buy 104 Bob's Big Boy restaurants in California from Marriott Corp. for $65 million. The family-style restaurants, famed for the signature statue of smiling boy holding a hamburger, will be converted to Coco's and Carrows.
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June 25, 1993 | CHRIS WOODYARD and ANNE MICHAUD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Restaurant Enterprises Group Inc. agreed Thursday to apologize to food giant General Mills Inc., pay unspecified compensation and yank TV ads claiming that fish served at REG's Coco's restaurants tastes better than that of Red Lobster, a General Mills subsidiary. The ads end with a view of the Red Lobster logo in which the letters b and t are dropped, leaving "Red Loser." In a lawsuit filed in U.S.
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August 27, 1992 | Chris Woodyard, Times staff writer
Touching Gesture: A small thing can sometimes make all the difference. The 70 El Torito restaurants in Southern California have started offering Braille menus to blind patrons. The idea resulted from a brainstorming session on how the chain, based in Irvine, can better accommodate the handicapped. The response from blind guests, restaurant executives say, has already been overwhelming. "Tonight I had one the best experiences of my life at your restaurant," one diner wrote.
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June 25, 1993 | CHRIS WOODYARD and ANNE MICHAUD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Restaurant Enterprises Group Inc. agreed Thursday to apologize to food giant General Mills Inc., pay unspecified compensation and yank TV ads claiming that fish served at REG's Coco's restaurants tastes better than that of Red Lobster, a General Mills subsidiary. The ads end with a view of the Red Lobster logo in which the letters b and t are dropped, leaving "Red Loser." In a lawsuit filed in U.S.
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November 19, 1992 | MICHAEL FLAGG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Restaurant Enterprises Group Inc. said Wednesday that its cash crunch is so severe it will suspend paying interest on $275 million in junk bonds until sales go up and it can pare its costs of doing business. The company amassed that debt in 1986, when it bought the Coco's and Carrows chains of coffee shops, the Charley Brown's family restaurant chain and the El Torito Mexican restaurant chain.
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January 24, 1991 | ANNE MICHAUD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Come summer, 104 Boys will be looking for work. Restaurant Enterprises Group Inc. of Irvine has agreed to buy 104 Bob's Big Boy restaurants in California from Marriott Corp. for $65 million. The family-style restaurants, famed for the signature statue of smiling boy holding a hamburger, will be converted to Coco's and Carrows.
BUSINESS
January 28, 1994
Family Restaurants Inc. said Thursday that it has completed a reorganization that makes it one of the largest operators of full-service restaurants in the nation. The company, formerly Restaurant Enterprises Group Inc., now encompasses 682 restaurants, operated primarily under the names of Carrows, Coco's, Chi-Chi's, El Torito and Casa Gallardo.
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