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Dave & Buster's names Margo Manning COO

Dolf Berle resigns as company reports 3Q same-store sales increase of 5.9%

margo manning dave and buster'sDave & Buster's Entertainment Inc. has promoted Margo Manning to chief operating officer in the wake of Dolf Berle’s resignation, the company said Tuesday.

The Dallas-based entertainment and dining chain said Manning immediately succeeds Berle, who was expected to announce a position with another company soon. Berle had been in the president and COO positions since January 2011.

Manning had served as Dave & Buster’s senior vice president of human resources since November 2010 after roles in training, special events, sales and management development. She joined Dave & Buster’s in 1991.

“For the last 25 years, I have been fortunate to work at such a dynamic company and to be surrounded by a dedicated team who are so passionate about strengthening our brand positioning as a ‘one of a kind' entertainment and dining destination,” Manning said in a statement.

Steve King, Dave & Buster’s CEO, said: “Margo has always been a stellar performer who brings an infectious level of energy and excitement to everything that she does. We congratulate her on this well-deserved promotion.”

Also Tuesday, Dave & Buster’s reported same-store sale increased 5.9 percent in the third quarter ended Oct. 30. That lapped an 8.8 percent same-store sales increase in the prior-year quarter.

“Guests responded well to the conclusion of our 'Summer of Games' promotion, along with our subsequent football-related promotions,” King said.

The company booked third-quarter income of $10.8 million, or 25 cents a share, compared to $4.6 million, or 11 cents a share, in the same quarter a year ago. Revenues increased 18.6 percent, rising to $228.7 million from $192.8 million in the prior-year quarter.

Across all stores, the company said, food and beverage revenues increased 13 percent, to $101.3 million from $89.8 million, and amusements and other revenues increased 24 percent, to $127.3 million from $102.9 million. Food and Beverage represented 44.3 percent of total revenues.

Dave & Buster’s has 91 venues in 33 states and Canada.

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