>Taco Del Mar files for bankruptcy protection

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>Taco Del Mar Franchising, a Seattle-based chain of Mexican fast-food restaurants, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Friday, saying it owes creditors between $1 million and $10 million.

The chain’s roughly 225 stores in the U.S., Canada and Guam will continue to operate, and individual Taco Del Mar franchisees are not in bankruptcy.

Larry Destro, who has been CEO since May, said he expects to slow growth at the company, which lost $2.8 million between 2006 and 2008.

Founded in 1992 by brothers James and John Schmidt, Taco Del Mar grew to about 70 stores by 2002, most of them in Seattle.

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