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Chuy's Holdings, Inc. Announces Preliminary Fourth Quarter 2012 Sales Results

-Chuy's Provides 2013 Outlook-

-Chuy's Management to Present at the 15 th Annual ICR XChange Investor Conference-

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 10, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In advance of its presentation next week at the ICR XChange Investor Conference, Chuy's Holdings, Inc. (the "Company") (Nasdaq:CHUY) today announced preliminary, unaudited revenues and comparable restaurant sales results for its fourth quarter ended December 30, 2012. The Company also provided updated guidance for fiscal year 2012, as well as an initial outlook for fiscal year 2013.

For the fourth quarter of 2012, total revenues were approximately $46.7 million, an increase of 40.3% compared to revenues of $33.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. The Company's fourth quarter of 2012 included 14 weeks compared to 13 weeks in the fourth quarter of 2011. Revenues in the fourth quarter of 2012 attributed to the extra week totaled approximately $3.3 million.

The Company's comparable restaurant sales increased 5.2% during the quarter for the 13-week period ended December 23, 2012 compared to the 13-week period ended December 25, 2011. Comparable restaurant sales were positively impacted by an extra 1.5 operating days in 2012 as a result of the Company's restaurant closing schedule on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day during the 13-week period in 2011. Excluding the impact of the extra 1.5 days, comparable restaurant sales increased 3.0%.

Based upon these preliminary sales results, the Company has updated its guidance and currently anticipates that its fiscal year 2012 pro forma diluted net income per share will range between $0.59 to $0.61. The Company's 2012 guidance includes an estimated $0.04 to $0.05 per share positive impact due to the extra week in the fourth quarter of 2012, an increase from the Company's previous expectation of $0.02 to $0.03, due to better than expected sales in the 53 rd week.

Steve Hislop, President and Chief Executive Officer of Chuy's Holdings, Inc., stated, "We're pleased to cap off fiscal 2012 with solid sales growth driven by strong comparable restaurant sales and continued contribution from our new unit openings. With a strong pipeline of new units planned for 2013, we are confident that we are in great shape to build upon our 2012 results as we enter the new year."

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