While some national restaurant chains have suffered lately from plummeting stocks—like a certain E. coli-plagued Mexican chain—one business is surging. Dave and Buster's Entertainment, known for its "Eat, Drink, Play, Watch Sports" slogan, dominated the market last year, and investors are definitely paying attention.
According to NASDAQ reports, the arcade/bar/restaurant has become the best-performing restaurant stock in America. Over the past 52 weeks, Dave and Buster's price has jumped up 38 percent. Though the company's growth has been slower than some—it currently has 84 locations and aims to grow by 9 or 10 restaurants this year—its financial success has given the chain new monetary muscle.
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This contrasts Chipotle, which has seen its stock price drop sharply despite adding more than 200 locations per year to its 2,000 restaurant empire. The fast-casual burrito chain, which was once one of the hottest restaurant commodities on Wall Street, saw its stock drop 31 percent over the last year, likely as a result of a possible E. coli outbreak in its stores.