James “Buster” Corley, the co-founder of the Dave & Buster’s chain of entertainment restaurants, has passed away. He was 72.
According to WFAA, an ABC station in Dallas, Corley’s body was found in his house on Monday. He was taken to a hospital where he died. His death was declared an “apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound” by the authorities.
“Buster Corley had a stroke four months ago that did a lot of damage to the part of his brain that controls communication and personality,” Corley’s daughter Kate told WFAA. “The family is asking for privacy during this time.”
The rep for D&B says “Buster’s love for hospitality, demand for excellence, and deep care for his team were unparalleled. Our hearts go out to his family during this hard time, and while we will miss his wise advice and easy laugh, the legacy he and Dave built will last.”
Fans are now keen to know about his family, who he left behind. Keep reading to know in detail.
James Buster Corley’s Wife And Daughter
James “Buster” Corley was a married man. He had a beautiful wife, Leacy Corley, and two daughters. However, not much is known about them. This is a really hard time for all his family members.
Dave & Buster’s Net Worth And How It Started
As of January 2023, Dave & Buster’s Entertainment has a net worth of $1.71B.
Dave & Buster’s Entertainment is a leading owner and operator of high-volume venues in North America that combine dining and entertainment for families and adults. The basic idea behind this chain of restaurants is that you can “Eat, Drink, Play, and Watch” all in one place. Under the Eat concept, the company offers a wide range of starters, burgers, choice-grade steaks, and food that is good for you. The business is divided into two segments Food and Beverage and Entertainment and Other Revenues.
Corley and his business partner David Corriveau opened the first Dave & Buster’s in Dallas in 1982.
In the late 1970s, Corley opened a restaurant in Little Rock, Arkansas, while Corriveau opened a place for entertainment and games just a few doors down. According to Dave & Buster’s website, the two noticed that people often went back and forth between their businesses, so they decided to start a new business that combined a restaurant with entertainment.
They found an empty, 40,000-square-foot warehouse on “Restaurant Row,” a two-mile stretch of I-35E around Walnut Hill in Dallas, to try out their idea. They called it Dave & Buster’s and not Buster & Dave’s because Corriveau won a coin toss to just have his name come first.
Since it started, Dave & Buster’s has opened more than 140 locations all over the United States.
In 2022, Restaurant Business wrote about the company’s deal to buy Dallas-based food-and-game chain Main Event for $835 million. Dave & Buster’s is geared toward young adults, but Main Event is more for families and young children.
May his soul rest in peace.