“Casual Dining succeeds with focus on food and fun”
Nation's Restaurant News, Jun 28, 2016 by Ron Ruggless This is part of the Nation’s Restaurant News annual Top 100 report, a proprietary ranking of the foodservice industry’s largest restaurant chains and parent companies.
Dining and entertainment chain Dave & Buster’s leads segment in sales growth
Casual Dining has had its share of challenges over the past several years, buffeted by consumers trading down for quicker and less expensive fast-casual competitors, or splurging on polished-casual restaurants. But the segment still had some bright spots in the Latest Year from chains that emphasize not just food but fun.
“If the consumer today is going to take the time to spend 45 minutes to an hour in your restaurant at the prices you charge in casual dining, you better make sure it’s really an exceptional experience inside,”
~ Wally Doolin, chairman and founder of restaurant analytics firm TDn2K, parent to Black Box Intelligence.
Dave & Buster’s led the segment’s systemwide sales growth in the Latest Year, at 16.3 percent, followed by Texas Roadhouse, at 12.8 percent, and Buffalo Wild Wings, at 10.5 percent. Read More…