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About Dave And Busters

Fun and games collide with food and drink at these nightspots. Dave & Buster's Entertainment owns and operates about 55 entertainment complexes in 25 states and Canada that offer casual dining, full bar service, and a cavernous game room. The adult fun centers feature the latest in video games and motion simulators, as well as games of skill played – more... for prizes. For dining, Dave & Buster's offers a menu that features traditional American fare such as burgers, seafood, and steak. Partners David Corriveau and James "Buster" Corley opened the first Dave & Buster's in 1982. Private-equity firm Oak Hill Capital Partners acquired the company in 2010. Dave & Buster's cancelled plans for an IPO in 2012.

Dallas-based Oak Hill Capital purchased the Dave & Buster's chain for $570 million in partnership with a management group led by CEO Steve King. The company filed an IPO in 2011, hopping to raise $150 million in order to pay down debt. However, it withdrew the filing in 2012 due to continued market volitility. Dave & Busters reported annual losses for three of its four last fiscal years, including posting a $7 million loss for 2012.

The chain's recent expansion efforts have slanted towards opening new units that are a smaller format store the company developed out of the need to reduce construction and operating costs. Dave & Buster's is also concentrating on increased sales and marketing efforts to reinvigorate its brand and grow the special events portion of its business. About 50% of sales come from food and beverages, while the remaining sales come from amusements such as air hockey, skee-ball, and video games.

Dave & Buster's helped pioneer a new segment in casual dining, but few adult fun arcade chains have followed and flourished. One notable exception is Champps, a chain of suburban nightspots popular for live music, games, and karaoke. Dave & Buster's also faces stiff competition in the general food and drink category from such franchises as Applebee's, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Hooters. – less

Dave And Busters Employer Reviews

Winner's Circle (Former Employee), Westbury, NYMay 1, 2014
"Also you get half off food (only during your shift), you are not allowed to play the games, and you can't drink there." - 2 similar reviews
Food Runner (Former Employee), 6010 Richmond Ave.April 4, 2014
"The hardest part of the job is the long hours on our feet with no breaks." - 12 similar reviews
Banquet Chef (Former Employee), Philadelphia, PAJuly 8, 2014
Crew Member (Former Employee), Hanover, MDJuly 7, 2014
Bartender (Former Employee), Orlando, FLJuly 2, 2014

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