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Glowacki bounces back to Mexican Restaurants

HOUSTON Four months after resigning as president and chief executive of Mexican Restaurants Inc. to take the president's post at Outback Steakhouse, Curt Glowacki is back in his old job. Mexican, operator or franchisor of Case Ole and six other Mexican restaurant concepts, said Glowacki has rejoined the company in his prior positions.

"MRI was a labor of love and it is an honor to be afforded the opportunity to once again lead this great organization," Glowacki said in a prepared statement. No reason was given for his return to the company, where he worked for 20 years before leaving on Dec. 15 for the top job at Outback.

OSI Restaurant Partners Inc., parent of the 953-unit steakhouse chain, announced Friday that Glowacki had resigned for personal reasons. OSI is based in Tampa, Fla. Mexican is based here.

OSI has agreed to be acquired by management and two private-equity firms, Bain Capital Partners LLC and Catterton Management LLC, in a stock buyout valued at $3.2 billion. The company said yesterday that it has set a date for a shareholder vote on the deal.

Mexican operates or franchises 79 fast-casual or casual restaurants in total. In addition to Case Ole, its brands include Monterey's Tex Mex Café, Monterey's Little Mexico, Tortuga Mexican Kitchen, Mission Burritos, La Senorita and Crazy Jose's.

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