In 1948, The Snack Shop along the Pacific Coast Highway in Corona del Mar, California, was purchased by John and Audrey McIntosh. John and Audrey decided to purchase the restaurant after he had worked there for only two weeks. They grew the snack shop concept to many more units and then in 1960 expanded the business into Reuben's in Newport Beach. Then in 1965 expanded the Snack Shop concept to Coco's and the Reuben E. Lee. Ultimately converting all Snack Shops into Coco's. As the name implies, the restaurant features pies. In 2002, Coco's, along with its sister chain Carrows, was purchased by Catalina Restaurant Group, headquartered in Carlsbad, California. In 2006, Catalina Restaurant Group was bought by Japanese company Zensho Co., Ltd., which has operated Coco's Japan for many years.