Cramer counts Chipotle, Darden as 'last man standing' restaurant plays


CNBC’s Jim Cramer on Monday revealed an inventory of shares he expects will profit from the “last man standing scenario.”

“After a year of carnage, big businesses with deep pockets are triumphing over their smaller competitors who didn’t make it,” the “Mad Money” host mentioned.

The situation will play out vividly within the restaurant trade, Cramer mentioned.

Last 12 months, within the throes of the Covid-19 pandemic, greater than 110,000 consuming and consuming institutions shut down temporarily or permanently. The impression led to 2.5 million jobs being lower within the trade, in response to the National Restaurant Association.

Coronavirus restrictions in New York City additionally pushed Cramer to close the doorways on his two eating places within the Brooklyn borough till coronavirus vaccines develop into widespread and the U.S. well being disaster got here below management.

“As the owner of a couple restaurants, I can tell you that companies like Darden and Chipotle at the moment are taking share from empty storefronts,” he mentioned.

In addition to Chiptole and Darden, which is the dad or mum firm of Olive Garden, Cramer pointed to Cheesecake Factory, Yum Brands, Texas Roadhouse and Starbucks as beneficiaries of the present atmosphere.

“Now that tens of thousands of small businesses have so sadly and unfortunately gone under, their larger rivals are the last men standing, which means they’re going to make a fortune as the country reopens, because there’s no one left to challenge them.”