Arcade Eatery Pushing for Faster Service, Higher Quality Dining

As fast-casual eateries continue to drive the restaurant market’s growth, even large entertainment/restaurant hybrids like Dave & Buster’s are looking to capitalize on the trend. The company, which operates 117 casual-dining and arcade complexes, announced last week that it would open it first fast-casual concept by the end of the year.

TNT Tacos will be a food-truck-inspired brand serving street tacos and the first unit will be located inside a Dave & Buster’s in Dallas in a converted special events space. The concept will cater to guests that don’t want to halt their game playing to make time for a full meal, CEO Brian Jenkins said in an earnings call earlier this month. The company had already made changes to its dining service earlier this year by trimming 20 percent of its menu to improve meal quality and speed of service.

Dave & Buster’s efforts to shake up its foodservice mirrors an industrywide consumer shift toward fast-casual dining. A recent NPD Group study reported a six percent annual increase in visits to fast-casual restaurants since 2013, making it the only restaurant channel to experience growth in the past five years.