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September 12, 1990 | MARIA L. La GANGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a shift from fast-food fare to sit-down dining, Los Angeles-based Collins Foods International will sell its domestic Kentucky Fried Chicken outlets and beef up its investment in the Sizzler restaurant chain, company officials said Tuesday. Collins will sell its 209 Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants to soft-drink and fast-food giant Pepsico Inc. in a complicated all-stock deal valued at about $123 million. In addition, Collins will merge with Pepsico in early 1991.
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October 1, 1996 | STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's going to get hotter than ever in the kitchen today at restaurants nationwide. With the first part of the two-step federal minimum wage increase taking effect, fat will be thrown on the fire of workplace relations everywhere, from fast-food joints to upscale eateries. The reason: The initial increase, boosting the minimum from $4.25 an hour to $4.75, is having the unintended consequence of antagonizing a lot of people already working at restaurants.
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BUSINESS
September 3, 1991 | DEAN TAKAHASHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Taco Bell Corp. chief executive John Martin wants to know how many tacos were sold on a given day at a particular restaurant, all he has to do is punch a few keys on the computer in his office. That same information is also available for the first time to managers at 2,000 company-owned Taco Bell outlets, thanks to a new computer system that the fast-food chain has installed.
BUSINESS
October 18, 1994 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hamburger magnate Carl N. Karcher, forced out last year as chairman of the company he founded more than half a century ago, will soon return to his cherished role as television pitchman for the Carl's Jr. chain. Karcher's return as spokesman for the ailing burger chain is part of a revamped marketing program that will emphasize quality rather than low prices at the Anaheim-based fast food chain. "I'm very happy about coming back as the TV personality for Carl's Jr.," Karcher said Monday.
NEWS
July 12, 1990 | WILLIAM J. EATON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Senate, facing a second showdown on an emotion-laden issue, reversed itself Wednesday and rejected an attempt by Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.) to bar persons infected with the AIDS virus from working as food handlers. The vote was 61 to 39. While Helms warned that the result might force some restaurants into bankruptcy, his opponents countered that there was no evidence that AIDS, or the human immunodeficiency virus that causes it, could be transmitted through food.
NEWS
April 30, 1990 | STUART SILVERSTEIN
In a world where everyone seems to be in a hurry, some businesses prosper simply by creating the image of providing speedier service--rather than actually doing anything faster. Denny's Restaurants, for example, started advertising 10-minute breakfast and lunch specials nationally over the last six months, launching the service by highlighting the quick items that already were on its menu.
BUSINESS
August 27, 1992 | Chris Woodyard, Times staff writer
Bobbing Along: Red Robin International Inc., which runs Red Robin family-style restaurants, has become the only Orange County-based company included by Restaurant Business on the magazine's list of the nation's 50 fastest-growing chains of eateries. The trade magazine reported that Red Robin, based in Irvine, had the 29th-highest gain in sales between 1990 and 1991 among major restaurant companies. Red Robin's sales rose to $147.3 million for 1991, a 21.6% increase over $121.
NEWS
April 1, 1993 | JUDY PASTERNAK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Welcome," said the sign over the restaurant door, but the friendly greeting was not meant for all. Certainly it did not apply to the black college students, in fur coats and pearls, dress suits and ties, who were drifting over from a nearby celebration of their homecoming for Christmas break. The party, an annual event hosted by Howard University students, had drawn hundreds from schools as disparate as Milwaukee Area Technical Institute and Morris Brown College in Atlanta.
BUSINESS
August 27, 1992 | Chris Woodyard, Times staff writer
Bobbing Along: Red Robin International Inc., which runs Red Robin family-style restaurants, has become the only Orange County-based company included by Restaurant Business on the magazine's list of the nation's 50 fastest-growing chains of eateries. The trade magazine reported that Red Robin, based in Irvine, had the 29th-highest gain in sales between 1990 and 1991 among major restaurant companies. Red Robin's sales rose to $147.3 million for 1991, a 21.6% increase over $121.
BUSINESS
September 3, 1991 | DEAN TAKAHASHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Taco Bell Corp. chief executive John Martin wants to know how many tacos were sold on a given day at a particular restaurant, all he has to do is punch a few keys on the computer in his office. That same information is also available for the first time to managers at 2,000 company-owned Taco Bell outlets, thanks to a new computer system that the fast-food chain has installed.
BUSINESS
December 21, 1990 | ANNE MICHAUD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sizzling news from the burger world this week. McDonald's Corp. said Thursday that it will cut prices on nine basic menu items at its Southern California restaurants, a strategy similar to one begun recently by rival Taco Bell. The announcement comes on the heels of news that reigning Mexican fast-food king Taco Bell has agreed to buy a Michigan burger chain for an undisclosed amount. Analysts are speculating that the move could signal parent company PepsiCo Inc.'s entry into the burger wars.
NEWS
September 27, 1990 | MARLENE CIMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Institute of Medicine on Wednesday urged sweeping changes in the nutrition information provided to consumers, including a proposal to require detailed labeling on fresh foods and restaurant meals. Although acknowledging that the restaurant proposal may prove controversial and may seem impractical at first glance, members of the committee insisted that it is more impractical "to hope that U.S.
BUSINESS
September 12, 1990 | MARIA L. La GANGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a shift from fast-food fare to sit-down dining, Los Angeles-based Collins Foods International will sell its domestic Kentucky Fried Chicken outlets and beef up its investment in the Sizzler restaurant chain, company officials said Tuesday. Collins will sell its 209 Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants to soft-drink and fast-food giant Pepsico Inc. in a complicated all-stock deal valued at about $123 million. In addition, Collins will merge with Pepsico in early 1991.
NEWS
September 27, 1990 | MARLENE CIMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Institute of Medicine on Wednesday urged sweeping changes in the nutrition information provided to consumers, including a proposal to require detailed labeling on fresh foods and restaurant meals. Although acknowledging that the restaurant proposal may prove controversial and may seem impractical at first glance, members of the committee insisted that it is more impractical "to hope that U.S.
NEWS
July 12, 1990 | WILLIAM J. EATON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Senate, facing a second showdown on an emotion-laden issue, reversed itself Wednesday and rejected an attempt by Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.) to bar persons infected with the AIDS virus from working as food handlers. The vote was 61 to 39. While Helms warned that the result might force some restaurants into bankruptcy, his opponents countered that there was no evidence that AIDS, or the human immunodeficiency virus that causes it, could be transmitted through food.
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