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Baja Fresh Mexican Grill

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Canadian combo: Pinkberry owner buys Imvescor

MTY Food Group will buy another chain operator; the combined company will have 75 restaurant brands.

The upscale restaurant market has its celebrity chefs, but the limited-service sector is giving rise to a group of marquee-name investors whose very interest tends to anoint their holdings as likely successes.

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A Mexican chain offering made-to-order Mexican fare

A Mexican chain encouraging patrons to “Eat Well, Live Fresh” with its made-to-order Mexican fare

The Mexican category overall saw sales increase by 0.9% to $18 billion and units by 4.1%, to 12,656.

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