Acapulco Mexican Restaurant and Cantina

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Acapulco Mexican Restaurant and Cantina
Industry Restaurants
Founded 1960
Parent Real Mex Restaurants

Acapulco Mexican Restaurant and Cantina was founded in 1960 in Pasadena, California. They currently have restaurants in California and Oregon. The restaurant chain is owned by Real Mex Restaurants which is headquartered in Cypress, California.[1] There are currently 14 restaurants.[2]


In 1985, Restaurant Associates acquired Acapulco.[3] When Compass Group acquired Restaurant Associates in 1998, Acapulco became owned by Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co., a private equity firm that had an ownership stake in Restaurant Associates.[4] Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co. used Acapulco as the starting point of Real Mex Restaurants, acquiring such chains as El Torito and Chevys Fresh Mex. In 2006, Sun Capital Partners, Inc. purchased Real Mex Restaurants for $359 million from Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co.[5]

On October 4, 2011, Real Mex filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and announced that it was putting itself up for sale citing the poor economy as a reason.[6] It was acquired by a group of its noteholders in a bankruptcy auction in 2012.[7]


Acapulco's menu consists of many items to include tostadas, enchiladas, burritos, chimichangas, fajitas, and tacos. Also available are a variety of soups and salads. A fully stocked bar is also a staple at all locations. A variety of Mexican beer and spirits are served.


Acapulco restaurants are primarily free-standing and located in urban and suburban destinations. The concept utilizes three models for restaurant décor, including Hacienda, Aztec and Resort that resemble a neighborhood cantina. In addition, most Acapulco locations offer outdoor patios enabling guests to dine outside.


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