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Here is a list of the top 5 restaurant stocks, in terms of change in institutional ownership over the last 3 months. To give perspective on investor sentiment around these stocks, we'll also include short float and performance data.

Institutional trading data sourced from Reuters, short float data sourced from Finviz.

The list has been sorted by change in institutional ownership.

1. Rick's Cabaret International Inc. (RICK): Market cap of $71.5M. Institutional investors currently own 2,994,954 shares vs. 2,245,338 shares held 3 months ago (+33.39% change). Short float at 5.35%, which implies a short ratio of 4.16 days. The stock has lost -16.45% over the last year.

2. Benihana Inc. (BNHN): Market cap of $122.13M. Institutional investors currently own 2,229,657 shares vs. 2,079,674 shares held 3 months ago (+7.21% change). Short float at 0.58%, which implies a short ratio of 5.57 days. The stock has gained 23.44% over the last year.

3. Domino's Pizza, Inc. (DPZ): Market cap of $786.9M. Institutional investors currently own 55,886,093 shares vs. 52,161,385 shares held 3 months ago (+7.14% change). Short float at 10.02%, which implies a short ratio of 8.31 days. The stock has gained 59.35% over the last year.

4. Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc. (RRGB): Market cap of $315.68M. Institutional investors currently own 15,936,316 shares vs. 15,433,252 shares held 3 months ago (+3.26% change). Short float at 14.18%, which implies a short ratio of 8.06 days. The stock has gained 2.8% over the last year.

5. Nathan's Famous Inc. (NATH): Market cap of $92.07M. Institutional investors currently own 2,644,100 shares vs. 2,608,424 shares held 3 months ago (+1.37% change). Short float at 0.23%, which implies a short ratio of 0.98 days. The stock has gained 15.42% over the last year.

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Source: The Smart Money's Top 5 Restaurant Stocks