Mimi's Cafe

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Mimi's Cafe is a US restaurant chain with 145 locations in 24 states.[1] Originally headquartered in Irvine, California, its headquarters is in Dallas, Texas since 2014 after 36 years in California. [2][3] It serves French and American food, with French decor and themes.

Arthur J. Simms (who headed the commissary at MGM Studios in the 1950s), his son Thomas Simms, Brian Taylor, and Paul Kurz opened the first Mimi's Cafe in December 1978 in Anaheim, California. Bob Evans Farms, Inc. purchased the Mimi's Cafe restaurant chain (operating under SWH Corporation) in July 2004 for USD$182 million.[4] Mimi’s Cafe was sold to the U.S. branch of Groupe Le Duff, which also owns the La Madeleine restaurants, in February 2013.[5][6]


Mimi's Cafe is a wholly owned subsidiary of LeDuff America and was founded by American airman Arthur Simms, who was stationed in France during World War II. He named the restaurant after a French woman he met in a party after the liberation of the country.[7]


  1. ^ prnewswire.com
  2. ^ http://www.ocregister.com/articles/mimi-593332-cafe-duff.html
  3. ^ Luna, Nancy (2014-02-08). "Mimi's Café eliminates 10 jobs as corporate move to Texas begins". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 2016-08-30. 
  4. ^ FundingUniverse – Company Histories – SWH Corporation. Retrieved on 2008-11-02.
  5. ^ Ruggless, Ron (2013-03-05). "Phil Costner named president of Mimi's Café". Nation's Restaurant News. Retrieved 2016-08-29. 
  6. ^ Schroeder, Eric (2013-03-06). "Le Duff acquires Mimi's Cafe". Baking Business. Retrieved 2016-08-29. 
  7. ^ Emmis Communications (May 1998). Orange Coast Magazine. Emmis Communications. p. 12. ISSN 0279-0483. 

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