Saddest Buyout, First Sign of the Apocalypse

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CarlosAfter years of struggling
with mounting debt, Taco Del Mar, the popular Northwest chain known for its
fish tacos and Carlos, its mustachioed grouper mascot, filed for bankruptcy in
January and was later sold at auction to Connecticut-based Franchise Brands for
$3.25 million in early October. The new owners also own Mama de Luca’s Pizza
Now
, Personal Training Institute and HomeVestors, the firm known for its “We
Buy Ugly Houses” signs. The BadTaco Del Mar’s 270 restaurants remain open for now.

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