Real Mex Restaurants Names New CFO

by Katie Lee

Cypress, Calif. — Real Mex Restaurants, a leading operator of full-service Mexican restaurants, including Chevys Fresh Mex, El Torito, Acapulco and Pink Taco, has appointed Judd Tirnauer as chief financial officer, effective immediately. He joins Real Mex from Wet Seal.

Tirnauer’s appointment capitalizes on the company’s recent momentum. Under the leadership of CEO Bryan Lockwood, Real Mex has delivered 27 consecutive months of year-over-year positive same-store sales in its California locations and is looking to make a major acquisition to expand its national footprint.

Tirnauer has significant experience in specialty retail, financial planning, debt restructuring and organizational development. While at Wet Seal, Tirnauer served as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Prior to this, Tirnauer spent 15 years at Destination Maternity, the nation’s largest specialty retailer of maternity apparel, where he served as executive vice president and chief executive officer. 

“We are pleased to welcome Judd to the Real Mex team,” Lockwood says. “Judd has earned a reputation for identifying key drivers that accelerate growth while optimizing costs. I am confident that his insight and financial expertise will be an impactful addition to our team as we continue to improve performance and build on our sales momentum.”

Headquartered in Cypress, Calif., Real Mex Restaurants has approximately 85 company-owned and operated restaurants, as well as approximately 12 franchised locations. Real Mex brands include El Torito Restaurants, Acapulco Mexican Restaurants, Chevys Fresh Mex Restaurants, El Torito Grill Restaurants, Pink Taco on the Sunset Strip, Las Brisas Restaurant in Laguna Beach, Sinigual Restaurant in New York City and Who Song and Larry’s Cal-Mex Cantina in Vancouver, Wash. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Real Mex Restaurants

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