Mario Del Pero, founder and chief executive of Mendocino Farms in Los Angeles, said he sees 2013 as a year of “spreading the Mendo joy.” With the seventh location set to open in Los Angeles, the fast-casual sandwich chain has built a devoted fan base from downtown to the city’s oceanside Marina del Rey neighborhood, with guests lining up out the door for artisan sandwiches prepared using fine-dining techniques. Armed with private equity backing, the chain will take ...

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