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The following is a list of restaurants that have seen a significant increase in short interest between 6/30 and 9/30. To create the list, we started with a universe of about 60 restaurant stocks. We then sorted the universe by the percentage change in shares shorted over the last three months.

Short sellers seem to think there's downside potential in some of these names. What do you think? Full analysis below.

Short trends data sourced from AOL Money, performance data sourced from Finviz.

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The list has been sorted by the change in shares shorted over the last three months. A quick reminder: All changes occurred between 6/30 and 9/30.

1. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG): Market cap of $5.71B. Short ratio has increased from 3.7 to 5.8, with shares shorted increasing from 2.72M to 3.94M. The stock has gained 102.91% over the last year.

2. Bob Evans Farms Inc. (NASDAQ:BOBE): Market cap of $889M. Short ratio has increased from 5.8 to 8.5, with shares shorted increasing from 1.15M to 1.57M. The stock has gained 5.14% over the last year.

3. Domino's Pizza, Inc. (NYSE:DPZ): Market cap of $866M. Short ratio has increased from 4.8 to 10.7, with shares shorted increasing from 4.35M to 5.84M. The stock has gained 71.31% over the last year.

4. Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE:DRI): Market cap of $6.15B. Short ratio has increased from 1.6 to 2.7, with shares shorted increasing from 4.08M to 5.47M. The stock has gained 37.78% over the last year.

5. Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ:JACK): Market cap of $1.32B. Short ratio has increased from 6.4 to 10.2, with shares shorted increasing from 4.08M to 5.11M. The stock has gained 18.97% over the last year.

6. The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated (NASDAQ:CAKE): Market cap of $1.65B. Short ratio has increased from 5.7 to 8.7, with shares shorted increasing from 7.94M to 9.64M. The stock has gained 44.75% over the last year.

7. California Pizza Kitchen Inc. (NASDAQ:CPKI): Market cap of $431M. Short ratio has increased from 4.9 to 7.5, with shares shorted increasing from 1.33M to 1.53M. The stock has gained 11.38% over the last year.

8. Denny's Corporation (NASDAQ:DENN): Market cap of $324M. Short ratio has increased from 4.3 to 4.4, with shares shorted increasing from 3.38M to 3.76M. The stock has gained 20.37% over the last year.

9. AFC Enterprises Inc. (AFCE): Market cap of $327M. Short ratio has increased from 7.4 to 10.6, with shares shorted increasing from 778,467 to 862,811. The stock has gained 45.57% over the last year.

10. P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFCB): Market cap of $1.11B. Shares shorted increased from 6.00M to 6.39M. The stock has gained 38.62% over the last year.

Disclosure: No positions

Source: 10 Restaurant Stocks Being Targeted by Shorts