Taco Bueno Chapter 11

Taco Bueno files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Debt-holder Sun Holdings to lead exit plan

Taco Bueno Restaurants L.P. filed for a pre-packaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy Tuesday, and the quick-service Mexican brand said debt-holder Sun Holdings Inc. would lead the reorganization plan.

The Irving, Texas-based company said it had entered into an agreement with Taco Supremo LLC, an affiliate of Dallas-based Sun Holdings, which had acquired all of the company’s bank debt before the filing and committed to as much as $10 million in debtor-in-possession financing for operations.

Sun Holdings has more than 800 franchise restaurants across eight states, including Burger King, Popeyes’ Louisiana Kitchen, Arby's, Golden Corral and Krispy Kreme locations.

“Upon Taco Bueno's completion of its restructuring, Sun Holdings intends to invest in remodeling Taco Bueno locations, increasing brand initiatives and enhancing the customer experience,” the companies said in a press release.

In September, Taco Bueno closed 16 locations across four states, reducing its total unit count to 172. The company has since shuttered several more units and has 169 restaurants.

Taco Bueno said it would continue to operate its restaurants during the restructuring under supervision of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas.

“Under the terms of the company's prepackaged plan of reorganization, Sun Holdings would become the owner of Taco Bueno through a debt-for-equity swap,” the company said.

Omar Janjua, Taco Bueno CEO, said in a statement that Sun Holdings had a “deep understanding of both the quick-service space and the region where we operate, which will enable us to be an even more attractive employer, business partner and dining staple in the communities we serve.”

During the restructuring process, Taco Bueno expects to continue operating restaurants across Arkansas, Louisiana, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. Franchised restaurants are not part of the Chapter 11 filing.

“We see considerable opportunities to invest across the Taco Bueno footprint to enhance the customer experience and drive long-term growth for the brand,” said Guillermo Perales, Sun Holdings CEO and founder, in a statement.

Additional information is available on Taco Bueno's restructuring website at restructuring.tacobueno.com.

Taco Bueno was founded in 1967 in Abilene, Texas.

Sun Holdings operates in eight states and has 296 Burger King, 145 Popeyes’, 87 Arby's, 21 Golden Corral, 32 Cicis Pizza, 18 Krispy Kreme, 135 T-Mobile and 84 GNC locations, as well as three restaurants in airports and about 160 real estate units.

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Correction: November 07, 2018
This story has been edited to correct Taco Bueno's headquarters city.
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