Dave & Buster's filed in November to return to the public eye after being taken private in 2006. During that time, management cut costs and streamlined operations. The chain is planning on opening three stores in 2012 and six in 2013. I had my son's birthday party in a Dave & Buster's recently and the place was packed.
The only thing that concerns me with this filing is that the accounting is difficult to understand. There are several columns with date variations and references to the predecessor and successor versions of the company. The company has had a recent history of net losses, most recently $7.3 million in 2011 and $350,000 in 2010. It may have name recognition, but it's the weakest performer of the soon-to-be-public eateries.
Del Frisco's is home to Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, Sullivan's Steakhouse and Del Frisco's Grille. It's a high-end restaurant concept, whose average check is $100. The Grille restaurants are smaller in size and more casual, while Sullivan's is a more contemporary version of the flagship Del Frisco's. It earned $201 million in 2011, representing a 21% growth in revenue and an 11% growth in sales. The chain plans to open three to five stores annually.
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