Mandarin Express parent said to be acquiring Leeann Chin

BLOOMINGTON Minn. Leeann Chin, the Minneapolis-area chain that introduced Twin Cities residents to Chinese food when founder Chin opened her first restaurant in 1980, will be sold to Mandarin Holdings, Los Angeles-based operator of the Mandarin Express quick-service chain, according to a published report that did not disclose terms.

Chin, who is retired, reportedly owns 9.6 percent of the company's common stock, while two investment firms, Mellon Investments

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