Chevys Fresh Mex

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Chevys Inc.
Wholly owned subsidiary
Industry Casual dining restaurant
Founded 1986; 32 years ago (1986)
Alameda, California, U.S.[1]
Founder Warren Simmons[1]
Headquarters Cypress, California[2], U.S.
Number of locations
38 (as of 2017-04-15)[3]
Area served
United States
Key people
Charles Rinker, President
Nick Mayer, SVP Operations
Steven Tanner, CFO
Products Mexican-style cuisine
Revenue $65.1 million (2007)
Owner Real Mex Restaurants
Number of employees
3,000 (2007)[4]
Parent Real Mex Restaurants[5]

Chevys Fresh Mex is an American chain of Mexican-style casual dining restaurants located in the United States. The chain was founded in 1986 by Warren Simmons in Alameda, California.[6] The chain's headquarters are currently located in Cypress, California.[7][8] The chain is owned by Real Mex Restaurants, Inc.


A Chevys Fresh Mex restaurant in April 2001.

The chain was founded in 1981 by Warren Simmons,[9] when he opened the first restaurant in Alameda, California.[10] It grew to 37 restaurants across California by August 1993, when it was acquired by PepsiCo subsidiary Taco Bell. When PepsiCo decided to exit the restaurant business in 1997, Chevys was sold to the investment group J.W. Childs Associates.[9] In 1999, Chevys purchased Rio Bravo Cantina, a poorly performing chain of Tex-Mex restaurants with 66 locations across the United States, from Applebee's International for $59 million.[11]

However, business was poor at the Rio Bravo locations, and in 2003 Chevys' executives filed for Chapter Eleven bankruptcy protection.[9] For the next year and a half, Chevys operated as debtor in possession under Chapter Eleven. In January 2005, Chevys and Fuzio Universal Pasta were acquired by Real Mex Restaurants, Inc., the Long Beach, California-based parent company of El Torito Restaurants and Acapulco Mexican Restaurants.[5] The acquisitions gave Real Mex Restaurants claim as the largest operator of full-service Mexican restaurants in the United States. Real Mex subsequently passed through bankruptcy in 2011-2012.

14 more underperforming Chevys Fresh Mex restaurants, mostly in northern California, were closed on December 26, 2016.[12] Among these were the South Lake Tahoe, Modesto, and Fresno locations in California.[13][14][15]


As of March 2017, there were 37 Chevys Fresh Mex restaurants located throughout the United States, mostly in northern California (15 locations). Many of these locations are owned by the company; however, some are franchisee-owned.[10][16][17][18][19]

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  2. ^ "Chevys Fresh Mex/web=Chevys Fresh Mex/access-date=April 16, 2017". Archived from the original on 2015-10-30. 
  3. ^ Chevys Fresh Mex website Accessed: April 15, 2017
  4. ^ "Chevys Restaurants LLC Company Profile". Yahoo Finance. 2008. Archived from the original on 2009-11-15. Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
  5. ^ a b "Real Mex Restaurants, Inc. Acquires Chevys Inc.'s Chevys Fresh Mex Restaurants and Fuzio Universal Pasta Restaurants". Business Wire. BNET. 2005-01-19. Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
  6. ^ ">Chevys Fresh Mex". Chevys Fresh Mex. Archived from the original on October 30, 2015. Retrieved April 15, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Contact Us Archived 2010-02-09 at the Wayback Machine.." Chevys Fresh Mex. Retrieved on June 6, 2010.
  8. ^ "Chevys Fresh Mex/web=Chevys Fresh Mex/access-date=April 15, 2017". Archived from the original on 2015-10-30. 
  9. ^ a b c Yulico, Nicholas (2004-09-25). "Chevy's may be auctioned off". Oakland Tribune. BNET. Retrieved 2008-09-25. [dead link]
  10. ^ a b "Chevys". Real Mex Restaurants. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-07-06. Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  11. ^ Liddle, Alan (1999-02-22). "Chevys prescribes Fresh Mex as Rx". Nation's Restaurant News. BNET. Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
  12. ^ Cloughbclough, Bethany. "Chevys at River Park in Fresno closes, 13 other restaurants close". The Fresno Bee. Retrieved 2017-11-18. 
  13. ^ Claire Cudahy / Tahoe Daily Tribune. "South Lake Tahoe Chevys closes, employees shocked". Retrieved 2017-11-18. 
  14. ^ "South Lake Tahoe Chevys closes doors on Christmas Eve | South Lake Tahoe". 2016-12-26. Retrieved 2017-11-18. 
  15. ^ Valinekvaline, Kevin. "Modesto's Chevys Fresh Mex restaurant closes its doors | The Modesto Bee". Retrieved 2017-11-18. 
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-07. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  17. ^ "Real Mex set for Ch. 11 auction". 
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-15. Retrieved 2014-07-14. 
  19. ^ "Chevys Restaurant Locations". Retrieved 2017-11-18.