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Du-par's is a diner-style restaurant chain based in Los Angeles, California. The first Du-par's was founded in 1938 at the Los Angeles Farmers Market by James Dunn and Edward Parsons, who combined their surnames to create the restaurant's name.
|Founded||1938Los Angeles, Californiain|
|Founder||James Dunn and Edward Parsons|
Number of locations
|Services||Restaurant and bakery|
|Owner||W.W. "Biff" Naylor|
After 20 years of ownership, the Oberst family sold the chain in 2004 to an investor group led by W.W. "Biff" Naylor, the son of noted California restaurateur Tiny Naylor, for an undisclosed amount. At the time of the sale, there were three locations, the original location at the Farmers Market, Studio City, and Thousand Oaks. After 31 years, the Du-par's location in Thousand Oaks was closed and was slated to be replaced by a shopping center. It currently houses a The Pizza Cookery restaurant.
Du-par's expanded in 2009 to include several locations (which includes Granada Hills, Oxnard, and San Diego) from the bankrupt Bakers Square chain. A Bakers Square location in Oxnard was converted into a Du-par's in February 2009. The Oxnard location later closed in August 2012.
Du-par's expanded into San Diego by converting a former Bakers Square location in the Midway district in 2009. The San Diego location was closed in September 2015 and reopened in the Gaslamp Quarter in August 2016. The Gaslamp location was closed six months later in February 2017.
In 2014, it was announced that Du-par's was taking over a former Hamburger Hamlet location in Pasadena.
In 2010, Du-par's expanded for the first time outside California by opening a restaurant-bakery in the Golden Gate Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second Las Vegas-area location was opened in the Suncoast Hotel and Casino in April 2016. The Du-par's Restaurant & Bakery inside the Golden Gate Casino closed for financial reasons on February 7, 2017. In March 2017, Boyd Gaming, the owners of the Suncoast Hotel and Casino, signed a licensing agreement with Du-par's to take over the management of the Du-par's restaurant inside their casino while still continuing the use of the Du-par's name and recipes.
The Studio City location closed its doors for good on December 31, 2017.
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