Texas-based Dave & Buster’s dodges bankruptcy reorganization with new recovery plan

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A chef-inspired strawberry shortcake is one of Dave & Buster's new menu items. - Instagram / _blogionista
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A chef-inspired strawberry shortcake is one of Dave & Buster's new menu items.
After the pandemic nearly forced it into Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization last fall, Texas-based Dave & Buster’s is hoping a new business plan can put it on the path to a comeback.

The arcade-and-restaurant recently announced that it's acquired seven exclusive new games, pared down its food menu, added new in-store tech and third-party delivery as part of the revamp.

The moves come after the Dallas-based chain laid off 1,300 workers across seven states during the height of the pandemic. It temporarily closed its two San Antonio stores, located in Balcones Heights and at Rivercenter Mall, but reopened them this spring.

D&B's new games include a life-size version of Hungry Hungry Hippos and Minecraft Dungeons Arcade, along with new virtual reality experiences, according to the company. The new food items include chimichurri bowls, garlic parmesan truffle fries and strawberry shortcake.

D&B officials said the company's 2021 outlook is positive, with 107 locations reopening in January — or 76% of its total footprint.

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Nina Rangel

Nina uses nearly 20 years of experience in the foodservice industry to tell the stories of movers and shakers in the food scene in San Antonio. She enjoys writing about industry-specific challenges, victories and everything in between.


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