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Irvine-based Mimi's Cafe sold for $50 million, expansion planned
Irvine-based Mimi's Cafe sold for $50 million, expansion planned

Mimi’s Cafe, a chain of French-inspired casual dining restaurants based in Irvine, may get a new expansion boost after being sold for $50 million. LeDuff America Inc., owner of Bruegger’s Bagels, will take over control of Mimi’s from Bob Evans Farms Inc., the companies said this week. Mimi’s, launched in 1978 by a former American airman and named after his French paramour, has 145 restaurants in 24 states. But the chain has had several years of slumping same-store sales growth, hit by the same market pressures that have kept the full-service restaurant sector from growing as quickly as fast-food and fast-casual rivals. In the fall, Mimi’s launched a...

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