Chuy's Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHUY)

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Member Avatar jeccles6 (22.78) Submitted: 4/27/2016 8:34:52 PM : Outperform Start Price: $29.49 CHUY Score: +13.88

I went to the location near DIS and had the Elvis Presley Memorial Combo. I am now a shareholder!

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Member Avatar TMFLomax (87.22) Submitted: 1/20/2016 11:48:01 AM : Underperform Start Price: $32.71 CHUY Score: +11.07

The restaurant space is hugely difficult. I don't see any compelling differentiating characteristic here.

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Member Avatar TMFCADeb (74.60) Submitted: 11/28/2015 7:50:18 PM : Outperform Start Price: $33.44 CHUY Score: +1.23

Fast growing restaurants with cash flow and lots of expansion. Lots of margin in Mexican good. I'm hinting they can have a good run here.

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Member Avatar DAS313 (47.34) Submitted: 11/13/2015 12:15:45 AM : Outperform Start Price: $29.89 CHUY Score: +10.40

Well run chain with small size and appeal
Huge runway up and benefits from trend in eating out

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Member Avatar TurksFan (56.97) Submitted: 10/13/2015 1:55:21 PM : Outperform Start Price: $33.21 CHUY Score: -2.51

Is this the next Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) or Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ: BWLD)? Could be. Chuy Holdings (NASDAQ: CHUY) is a Tex-Mex casual dining chain which follows the Chipotle plan and expands slowly. The potential for growth as more stores open is high. It had a terrible 2014 but seems to be back on the right course this year. It is my pick this week to see how it performs for 2015. Might open a position in this company.

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Member Avatar iksnamyzs (68.60) Submitted: 10/5/2015 6:21:32 AM : Outperform Start Price: $30.07 CHUY Score: +5.71

hold long term

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Member Avatar kkconway (99.35) Submitted: 10/1/2015 1:32:36 PM : Outperform Start Price: $28.90 CHUY Score: +6.88

Still not cheap, but TexMex stores building out nationwide: you'd have to be brain dead to lose money -- unless the Donald has his way in 2017, LOL.

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Member Avatar steadysaber1 (71.38) Submitted: 8/5/2015 7:57:26 PM : Outperform Start Price: $34.12 CHUY Score: -0.49

good quarter. new unit revenue being leveraged against SGA so that more money drops to EPS.

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Member Avatar steved09 (23.33) Submitted: 4/26/2015 11:26:31 AM : Outperform Start Price: $24.44 CHUY Score: +38.61

good food, good service, good management, good business plan

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Member Avatar patenmac (< 20) Submitted: 2/28/2015 4:52:33 AM : Outperform Start Price: $22.58 CHUY Score: +49.30

HG BBN

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Member Avatar allendevans (28.46) Submitted: 1/15/2015 10:17:43 PM : Outperform Start Price: $19.93 CHUY Score: +64.88

I believe CHUY will outperform the S&P 500 over the longer term (5 yrs, plus), much as PNRA and SBUX have done, due to their quality products, great products at reasonable prices, and trendy-yet-friendly restaurants.

The stock is currently rated as HOLD or SELL by many advisers, but I believe those advisers have never eaten at a Chuy's Restaurant.

My wife and I are from San Antonio, TX. The Chuy's in are area are always packed, 24-7-365. We now live in Maryland and recently discovered a Chuy's in nearby Virginia recently. True to form, the restaurant was packed from the moment we arrived until we left.

Oh, and the Creamy Jalapeno is the best menu item. Bar none.
Aside: before Chuy's had arrived in Dallas, TX, whenever my wife traveled there on business, friends would request she bring a gallon (or more) of chips and creamy jalapeno dip for those poor souls forced to live on meager rations of chips, pico and queso.

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Member Avatar jmcenter (< 20) Submitted: 11/6/2014 3:53:42 AM : Underperform Start Price: $20.77 CHUY Score: -58.04

I purchased CHUY on the Hidden Gems recommendation. Overall things looked good until I went to the web reviews of customers. Specifically in the NW Arkansas market. This is an area heavy in Mexican restaurants.

If new store openings continue the way this one has done it does not play well for future openings.

Consistency and customer service are everything in the restaurant business. Below are sample reviews.

Whilst I will hold onto my recent small purchase, I am not yet prepared to go further with this one.

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My wife talked me in to taking the family to Chuy's and probably will never go back. It seemed like it took days to get our waitress to take our drink order and bring us chips and salsa. When she finally brought our drinks, she spilled my son's tea all over our chips and table. I guess she thought we liked tea flavored chips because she did not replace them! We asked her for napkins and she brought some back to wipe up her mess and left us with none. Also, the silverware came in a bag with no napkins! If they are not going to place the napkins with the silverware, they need to get in the habit of handing out napkins immediately. We also had to beg for more chips and salsa. Finally, one hour later when we received our food, it look like it had been sitting out for a while! Most of our food was very cold and tasted like it came straight out of the freezer! Acambaro put's this place to shame! This place is over priced for the service and food that they are serving! I guess it being a new establishment, they are being greedy with the salsa to try pay the loan back! Never again!!!!

Posted on 06/24/14

Was not happy with how condescending the manager was with my family when we were trying to find out where our food was and the problems we were having with service. May not come back

Posted on 03/30/14

My family and I visited Chuys Friday 3/14/2014. We had a wait of 45 minute , which being a new restaurant in town I understand the wait. We had to ask several times for refills. At one point noticed our waitress was over near the front desk joking and carrying on with another employee! She came over to our table and apologized that she was singing karaoke with her friend. REALLY???? We were still waiting on refills! Another time I noticed the kitchen help was standing at the door carrying on with several visitors. Mind you the restaurant was packed with customers. Also noticed the manager hugging the waitresses more than he was walking around visiting with the customers. My opinion is your staff was not very professional at all. Now on a good note the Food was really good!! Not sure I'll visit again. Thank you.

Posted on 03/14/14

Their food is so good and so fresh. I have been 3 times already and have loved everything. It's flavorful tex mex. The salsa is incredible! Fresh tortillas are incredible! Their chicken is real pieces of roasted chicken, not mushy shredded chicken. The ground beef is sirloin so it's delicious. The fajita steak is so good, the best flavored steak I've ever had on fajitas. The boom boom chicken enchiladas are great, sauce is really spicy though. I haven't heard of any one not liking their food.

Posted on 02/21/14

The food was just ok, nothing special and the service was ok. I really wish something else would have been built in place of Chuy's. The building is awful lloking for the area too. I will not go back, thre are other resturants that are better.

Posted on 07/28/14

The first time I was in the very same restaurant was 2 weeks after they opened and the food was pretty good. The stake in my burrito was nearly perfect. My second visit was yesterday and not as nearly good. I had the same burrito with mushy meat and bean to steak ratio 7 to 1 and it was bland. I think i would put this location on my black list.

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Member Avatar mdriver78 (31.51) Submitted: 9/12/2014 11:28:20 AM : Outperform Start Price: $22.64 CHUY Score: +44.75

Hidden GEMS

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Member Avatar 2014jay (< 20) Submitted: 9/5/2014 6:30:43 PM : Outperform Start Price: $27.50 CHUY Score: +18.31

Chuy's Mex Bar

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Member Avatar reidwolski (40.65) Submitted: 6/20/2014 11:30:12 AM : Outperform Start Price: $33.40 CHUY Score: -5.53

My wife and I visit a lot of restaurants. Chuy's has great food at reasonable prices and is always busy. I think there is huge growth potential because Tex - Mex is now a part of most American's cuisine. I always like to look at businesses from the employee side as well. The employees seem to enjoy working there.

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Member Avatar terrydabear (21.89) Submitted: 1/27/2014 9:41:58 PM : Outperform Start Price: $36.62 CHUY Score: -24.70

If you had eaten here, you'd know what I like about it: a tasty bit of SoCal junkyard with a lot of Tex-Mex choices...good food, great ambiance; really like the chrome wheels covers n' pet pix! These two restaurants I visit are almost always full of patrons. I will be watching this for a
few months...

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Member Avatar Smitter11 (41.78) Submitted: 1/15/2014 11:51:44 PM : Outperform Start Price: $37.34 CHUY Score: -22.61

This chain is just starting to pick up steam and has a solid path to growth through new restaurants in many new markets in the next 5 years.

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Member Avatar Sicb (< 20) Submitted: 10/10/2013 2:10:50 PM : Outperform Start Price: $37.31 CHUY Score: -33.18

Chuy’s Holdings, Inc. (Chuy’s) is a full-service restaurant concept offering a distinct menu of authentic, freshly-prepared Mexican and Tex Mex inspired food. Consumables are a staple...

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Member Avatar TMFInnovator (27.53) Submitted: 8/19/2013 10:35:31 AM : Outperform Start Price: $36.06 CHUY Score: -31.67

A great restaurant concept from my home state of Texas.

- Superior unit-level economies to other restaurant chains. 30%+ growth in both store count and overall revenue towers above BJRI and BWLD. Per-restaurant volume of $4.9 million/yr is also much better than peers.

- The average check of $13 is still cheaper than most other casual diners. I noticed that the average check had a 19% alcohol mix. Alcohol has much higher margins than food, which could be a key to their best-in-class profitability. Chuy's 22.5% margin is 4-5% greater than peers. And trust me, the margaritas are worth it. =)

- Plenty of opportunity for growth. Chuy's only has 43 restaurants as of May and plans to open 9-10 per year.

- 40% Cash-on-Cash return allows for an extremely short payback period.

Here is a link where I've shared their Company Presentation: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B2XLuWVE3QivMlBoTEhoNmRDVkE/edit?usp=sharing
Also, here is a link to their Q2'13 Conference call: http://seekingalpha.com/article/1611742-chuys-holdings-ceo-discusses-q2-2013-results-earnings-call-transcript?source=yahoo

Chuy's food is great (/addicting), they are growing quickly, and management is motivated. Their comparable restaurant sales are low (~2%), but still better than the overall industry. And Chuy's valuation doesn't exactly make them cheap, but I think they can grow into it.

Outperform.

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Member Avatar rknapton (68.81) Submitted: 8/6/2013 7:26:05 PM : Outperform Start Price: $39.80 CHUY Score: -38.01

Long. Potentially a super-performer. 42 Chuy’s Mexican (Tex Mex) restaurants. Revs up 24%. $172M, $130M, $94M. (years 2012,2011,2010). # of stores (each year going back) (43,39,31,23,17…) “If you’ve seen one Chuy’s, you’ve seen one Chuy’s!” 5 year target to open 59 to 64 new stores. Targets 1%-1.5% same store sales growth.

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