Real Mex books bigger loss in 3rd-Q

CYPRESS Calif. Real Mex Restaurants Inc., the largest casual-dining Mexican restaurant operator, reported Friday that its third quarter net loss nearly doubled because of slowed sales and higher operating costs, particularly for labor and restaurant-opening expenses.

Real Mex, a privately held company with publicly traded debt, is owned by private-equity firm Sun Capital Partners. It operates nearly 200 restaurants under the El Torito, El Torito Grill,

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