SEATTLE James Schmidt, founder of the Taco Del Mar fast-casual chain, said he has resigned as chairman, chief executive and president to explore another entrepreneurial opportunity. Taking the reins as president of the 275-unit chain is Kevin Hansen, who will continue as chief operating officer. Schmidt said the move was effective Sept. 1, though he announced his resignation on Aug. 29 at the company’s annual shareholder meeting. He aims to focus on a new concept called Paddy Coyne’s ...

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