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Doubleday (publisher)

Doubleday is an American publishing company. It was founded as the Doubleday & McClure Company in 1897 and was the largest in the United States by 1947, it published the work of U. S. distributed them through its own stores. In 2009 Doubleday merged with Knopf Publishing Group to form the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, now part of Penguin Random House. In 2019 the official website presents Doubleday as an imprint, not a publisher; the firm was founded as Doubleday & McClure Company in 1897 by Frank Nelson Doubleday in partnership with Samuel Sidney McClure. McClure had founded the first U. S. newspaper syndicate in 1884 and the monthly McClure's Magazine in 1893. One of their first bestsellers was The Day's Work by Rudyard Kipling, a short story collection that Macmillan published in Britain late in 1898. Other authors published by the company in its early years include W. Somerset Maugham and Joseph Conrad. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. served as a vice-president of the company. The partnership ended in 1900.

McClure and John Sanborn Phillips, the co-founder of his magazine, formed McClure and Company. Doubleday and Walter Hines Page formed Page & Company; the racist but best-selling novels of Thomas Dixon Jr. "changed a struggling publishing venture into the empire that Doubleday was to become". At the same time, Doubleday helped Dixon launch his writing career. Page and Dixon had known each other in Raleigh. In 1910, Page & Co. moved its operations, which included a train station, to Garden City. The company purchased much of the land on the east side of Franklin Avenue, estate homes were built for many of its executives on Fourth Street. Co-founder and Garden City resident Walter Hines Page was named Ambassador to Great Britain in 1916. In 1922 the company founded its juvenile department, the second in the nation, with May Massee as head; the founder's son Nelson Doubleday joined the firm in the same year. In 1927, Page merged with the George H. Doran Company, creating Doubleday, Doran the largest publishing business in the English-speaking world.

In 1944, Doran acquired the Philadelphia medical publisher Blakiston. In 1946, the company became Company. Nelson Doubleday resigned as president, but continued as chairman of the board until his death on January 11, 1949. Douglas Black took over as president from 1946 to 1963, his tenure attracted numerous public figures to the publishing company, including Dwight D. Eisenhower, Harry S. Truman, Douglas MacArthur, Robert Taft, André Malraux, he was a strong opponent of censorship and felt that it was his responsibility to the American public to publish controversial titles. Black expanded Doubleday's publishing program by opening two new printing plants. By 1947, Doubleday was the largest publisher in the US, with annual sales of over 30 million books. In 1954, Doubleday sold Blakiston to McGraw-Hill. Doubleday's son-in-law John Sargent was president and CEO from 1963 to 1978. In 1964, Doubleday acquired the educational publisher Laidlaw. In 1967 the company purchased the Dallas-based Trigg-Vaughn group of radio and TV stations to create Doubleday Broadcasting.

After expanding during the 1970s and 1980s, Doubleday sold the broadcasting division in 1986. Nelson Doubleday, Jr. succeeded John Sargent as President and CEO from 1978 to 1985. In 1976, Doubleday bought paperback publisher Dell Publishing. In 1980, the company bought the New York Mets baseball team; the Mets defeated the Boston Red Sox to win the World Series in 1986 in a 7-game contest. By 1985, Doubleday & Company was seeing a decline in sales from 1980 and hired James R. McLaughlin, the head of Dell Publishing, a Doubleday subsidiary, to streamline and downsize. McLaughlin went on to succeed Doubleday in as President and CEO, with Doubleday becoming Chairman of the Board. By 1986 the firm was a integrated international communications company, doing trade publishing, mass-market paperback publishing, book clubs, book manufacturing, together with ventures in broadcasting and advertising; the company had offices in London and Paris and wholly owned subsidiaries in Canada and New Zealand, with joint ventures in the UK and the Netherlands.

Nelson Doubleday, Jr. sold the publishing company to Bertelsmann in 1986 for a reported $475 million. The deal did not include the Mets which Nelson Doubleday and minority owner Fred Wilpon had purchased from Doubleday & Company for $85 million. In 2002, Doubleday sold his stake in the Mets to Wilpon for $135 million after a feud over the monetary value of the team. After the purchase, Bertelsmann sold Laidlaw to Macmillan Inc.. In 1988, portions of the firm became part of the Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, which in turn became a division of Random House in 1998. Doubleday was combined in a group with Broadway Books, Anchor Books was combined with Vintage Books as a division of Knopf, while Bantam and Dell became a separate group. In 1996, Doubleday founded the Christian publisher WaterBrook Press. WaterBrook acquired Harold Shaw Publishers in 2000 and Multnomah Publishers in 2006. In late 2008 and early 2009, the Doubleday imprint merged with Knopf Publishing Group to form the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

In October 2008, Doubleday laid off about 10% of its staff across all departments. The Broadway, Doubleday Business, Doubleday Religion, WaterBrook Multnomah divisions were moved to Crown Publishing Group. Frank Doubleday, fo

Burgerboss

"Burgerboss" is the fourth episode of the second season of the animated comedy series Bob's Burgers and the overall 17th episode, is written by Scott Jacobson and directed by Jennifer Coyle. It aired on Fox in the United States on April 1, 2012. Bob has a classic arcade game called Burgerboss installed in the restaurant in the hopes that the game can help them make enough money to buy a new vent hood for the kitchen, with Linda thinking that they can use the money to get sailing lessons. Since the game is one of Bob's favorites from when he was younger, he decides to take it for a test run. Jimmy Pesto notices the new addition to Bob's Burgers and, being an aficionado of Burgerboss himself, decides to play a round. Jimmy plays so well that he gets the top overall score, but when he goes to enter his name he puts "BOB SUX" instead to taunt his longtime rival. After unplugging the machine and plugging it back in fails to reset the score, an angry Bob decides to try and knock "BOB SUX" off the leaderboard despite Linda's worry that this is going to turn into another "peeing race" between the two.

Bob dismisses Linda, correcting her by saying that it is a pissing contest, plays the game nonstop for most of the next few days, including after hours, until Teddy notices that he may be suffering from "the carpal tunnels" because his fingers are all crooked from the repetitive strain. Bob visits a doctor, who puts him on painkillers and gives him wrist braces to wear to alleviate the pain but, in spite of this, refuses to stop playing. Linda puts her foot down and has the arcade machine taken out of the restaurant, driving Bob into a rage because now he cannot knock Jimmy Pesto off the board and Jimmy mocks Bob for it. Undeterred, Bob finds it at a local arcade called Family Funtime; the security guard on duty refuses to let him in, because the arcade policy does not allow adults to enter without a child present. Bob returns home to grab Tina and Louise and tells Linda they have a "thing" to go to, letting her believe they are going to their first sailing lesson. Instead, he takes them to Family Funtime.

Bob buys a bunch of game tokens and hands out one to each of the kids, but since they cannot play any games with one token, Louise suggests they pass the time by crashing birthday parties. While Bob is playing the game, a kid watches his progress. After Bob tells him to go away, he warns Bob of an oncoming enemy and Bob loses his last life when he cannot kill it in time; when Bob wonders how the kid knew, he looks around to see that he is dealing with the person who has the high score on every other machine in the arcade, "DRL". Embarrassed, Bob seeks the advice of the kid. Darryl can relate, considering that Jimmy Pesto is to Bob what a rich kid named Tyler is to him, a bully, agrees to help him on the condition that Bob beats up Tyler for him. Over the next few days and the kids return to Family Funtime multiple times. Bob continues to get better at Burgerboss, while abusing his painkillers to the point where he becomes high and hallucinates, while the kids keep enjoying themselves at birthday parties.

Though, the kids run out of energy having crashed just about all the parties they can stomach and Louise decides they should crash the Commodores' Ball at the yacht club next door. Around the same time, Tyler comes into Family Funtime looking for Darryl. In a panic, Darryl dresses up a drugged up Bob like a tough guy and commands him to "kick his ass". Bob, however, is in no condition to fight and he passes out. Tyler responds by punching Darryl for his actions, but Bob wakes up. Finding himself in the middle of a drug-induced hallucination that Darryl is being attacked by a chicken leg from Burgerboss, Bob springs to life and shoves Tyler down. Fearing for his safety, Tyler bolts out of the arcade as Bob chases him. Tyler comes charging into the yacht club, where his father happens to be the president, tells him that Bob is trying to kill him after having thrown a manhole cover, which Bob thought was a tomato slice, at him. Security tackles Bob. Tyler's father calls Linda, surprised to hear from him and believes that she is receiving a surprise, to come down to the club immediately.

Linda excitedly dresses up in a sailing outfit and heads down to the club to find out the surprise is not what she expected. She discovers that the kids have stolen regatta pennants and oyster forks, in addition to several trays of food that Gene has eaten, that Bob has not been taking the kids for sailing lessons but instead is still trying to beat Jimmy Pesto. Bob, has been fighting off security by swinging an oar at them and when he sees Linda, he believes that she is a character from Burgerboss and tries to enlist her help. Jimmy Pesto just happens to be at the party, being at the top of the waiting list for membership in the yacht club, when he sees what is going on he once again taunts Bob over "BOB SUX". Linda chides him for his actions, blaming Jimmy for Bob's actions and saying that this is the result of another "peeing race"; the membership is appalled by Linda's statement, not realizing what she means, thinks that Bob and Jimmy engage in illicit sexual acts. Thus, Jimmy is rejected for membership and Linda drags Bob out of the club by his ear, with the Belchers banned from the club for life.

The next day, Darryl drops by the restaurant. Having been inspired by Bob, he has decided to face his bullying issues head on in the hopes of avoiding a future where he ends up being like Bob, still struggling with his own bully. Bob pays him under the table to get "BOB SUX" off the leade

Taco Cabana

Taco Cabana is an American fast casual restaurant chain specializing in Mexican cuisine. A wholly owned subsidiary of Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc, it is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas; as of September 2014, Taco Cabana had 166 locations throughout Texas and New Mexico. As of July 2017, there were 176 Taco Cabana restaurants. Taco Cabana is known for semi-enclosed patio dining areas. Most menu items are handmade daily on site in open display cooking areas. Taco Cabana was founded by Felix Stehling in September 1978 with its first restaurant at the corner of San Pedro and Hildebrand Avenue in Midtown San Antonio. Stehling purchased a vacant Dairy Queen because the family needed additional parking space for their popular bar across the street, the Crystal Pistol. Stehling decided to open a taco stand; the open-air design of the existing structure led to the "patio cafe" concept that defined the chain's subsequent locations. Felix Stehling's wife, Billie Jo Stehling, created the décor and interior theme for the restaurant chain.

After finding all of the patio furniture stolen following the first night of business, Stehling decided to keep the place open 24 hours. The restaurant focused on fresh foods, rather than pre-prepared foods; the restaurant served beer and margaritas, allowing takeout orders. As the business grew, Stehling asked his two brothers to help expand the chain throughout San Antonio, it soon grew to nine restaurants. In 1986 the brothers left the company, after differences in opinion on. In 1990, Taco Cabana began expansion into neighboring states and continued its growth throughout Texas. Richard Cervera became president of the company in 1990. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the success of Taco Cabana encouraged imitators such as Two Pesos. In January 1987 Taco Cabana filed a suit against Two Pesos for duplicating Taco Cabana's branding style. Two Pesos lost the case and appealed, in 1992 the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Taco Cabana and awarded the company $3.7 million in damages. In 1992 Taco Cabana went public with its first stock offering, ended the year with 17 restaurants.

In January 1993 Taco Cabana announced that it was purchasing cash-strapped Two Pesos' restaurant assets in exchange for 940,000 shares of Taco Cabana stock, valued at $22 million. For $30 million, the sale included all 30 San Antonio restaurants of Two Pesos. Taco Cabana converted most Two Pesos locations into Taco Cabana restaurants, closed others and sold the associated Shortstop Hamburger chain. Taco Cabana sales hit a high in 1994 at $127 million; that year, Stehling was succeeded by Cervera. Despite the rise in revenues the company saw while Cervera was in charge, stock prices for Taco Cabana drastically dropped, Cervera resigned in 1995 and was replaced by Stephen Clark. In 1995 Cervera resigned as president for a position with the House of Blues, remaining chairman and CEO. Stephen Clark was appointed both president. Clark began evaluating of Taco Cabana's operations with his own management team, he closed several of the company-owned restaurants, restructured some of the franchisee debt, sold assets not related to restaurants, slowed the expansion.

In 1996, Taco Cabana introduced a new type of restaurant to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, reminiscent of an old Mexican cafe. It featured clay tile roofing, aged wood paneling and stainless steel counter tops. Customer visits and profits increased, with plans to extend the designs to new restaurants. Taco Cabana had spent around $30 million on brand image by 2000, while profits had grown, stock price remained low. Clark began looking at sale options. In 2001 the company became held as a wholly owned subsidiary of Carrols Restaurant Group. After the acquisition, Clark was succeeded by Mike Biviano. In 2001 it introduced its Mexican grill concept, including made-to-order grilled beef, chicken and shrimp. Throughout 2002, the franchise closed seven stores in the Phoenix, Arizona area, but Taco Cabana proved profitable. In 2003 Taco Cabana began creating a new restaurant prototype with an eight-foot char-grill; that year Taco Cabana opened nine new restaurants. In 2004, it marketed the concept of San Antonio heritage.

From 2004 through 2005 Taco Cabana added five more restaurants. The franchise operated 120 restaurants in 2005. In 2011, Carrols Restaurant Corp. announced its intentions of separating its Hispanic brands and Burger King restaurant business into two separate public companies. The Hispanic brands were placed under Fiesta Restaurant Group, the new subsidiary of Carrols Restaurant Corp. Fiesta Restaurant Group companies had a combined revenue of $439.1 million in 2010. In August 2011, Carrols Restaurant Corp named Tim Taft the CEO of Fiesta Restaurant Group, succeeding Fiesta chairman Alan Vituli. By the time the separation of the brands was complete in 2011, Fiesta Restaurant Group saw an 8.2 percent revenue increase for the year and finished at $475.0 million in 2011. In April 2012, Carrols Restaurant Corp agreed to allow Fiesta Restaurant Group to spin-off with Taco Cabana and Pollo Tropical; the spin-off was completed on May 8, 2012. Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc went public on NASDAQ under the symbol FRGI on May 8, 2012.

In 2012, Taco Cabana began renovating their restaurants in San Houston. The new design featured decorative metal "estrella" lights hanging from the ceiling, papel picado accents throughout and large street-life photos from Mexico decorating the walls; as of October 1, 2012, it was a subsidiary of Fiesta Restaurant Group. That year, the founder, Felix Stehling, died a