Real Mex posts loss on impairment charge

CYPRESS Calif. Real Mex Restaurants Inc., operator or franchisor of the El Torito, Chevys Fresh Mex and Acapulco Mexican Restaurant y Cantina brands, swung to a second quarter net loss from a year-ago profit on a $34 million asset impairment charge.

The vast majority of the company’s restaurants -- 156 locations within the 189-unit system -- are located in California, a state hard hit by housing troubles that have kept consumers from spending on restaurant

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