Famous Dave's Enters Area Development Agreement for Seven Restaurants in New York City
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Famous Dave's Enters Area Development Agreement for Seven Restaurants in New York City

November 01, 2007 // Franchising.com // Minneapolis, MN, – FAMOUS DAVE'S OF AMERICA, INC. (NASDAQ: DAVE) President and CEO David Goronkin announced today that Famous N.Y. Barbecue, LLC, has purchased the right to franchise seven Famous Dave's Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que® restaurants in New York City. The markets covered by the agreement include the five Boroughs of New York City plus Westchester County.

Famous N.Y. Barbecue, LLC, is owned by Sammy Benmoha, a renowned New York City restaurateur. Sammy Benmoha owns and operates Maxie's Delicatessen and, in partnership with his father Jacob, the Roxy Delicatessen. Both restaurants are located in the heart of Times Square in Manhattan. Sammy Benmoha, who has owned restaurants for more than 15 years, grew up in the restaurant business. His father Jacob, who also owns and operates BenAsh Delicatessen in Times Square, has a long history in the restaurant industry.

"Famous Dave's success has been built on award-winning barbeque and incredible passion," said David Goronkin, President and CEO of Famous Dave's. "There's no more passionate place than New York City, and we're very excited at Famous Dave's to be entering one of the dining capitals of the world. Sammy Benmoha's experience in running landmark New York restaurants will make him a great partner to Famous Dave's."

Sammy Benmoha stated, "After dining at Famous Dave's on Long Island, and returning many times for their world-class barbeque, I knew I had to bring this concept into the heart of New York City."

Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que features award-winning hickory-smoked St. Louis-style spare ribs, Texas beef brisket, Georgia chopped pork and a variety of Famous Dave's regional BBQ sauces. Additionally, the menu offers barbeque and country roasted chicken, BBQ sandwiches, burgers and salads. Plus, the restaurant prepares and serves up such down home classics as coleslaw, potato salad, Wilbur Beans, corn bread muffins and Famous Fries. Famous Dave's delectable homestyle desserts include its award-winning bread pudding and hot fudge Kahlua brownie.

Having won over 300 awards for everything from best sauce to best ribs to best cookbook, Famous Dave's has received wide acclaim and praise from customers and critics alike. Famous Dave's Rib Team regularly competes in rib competitions across the country, and has raked in 1st place awards at the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off in Sparks, Nevada, the Southern Florida Championship Cook Off in Jupiter, Florida, the Great American Rib Cook-off in Ohio, the Sioux Empire Rib-fest in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the Rib Fest & More in Fargo, North Dakota, the Pontiac Rib America Rib Fest in Pontiac, Michigan, the Twin Cities Rockin' Rib Fest in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the Rib America Indianapolis Rib Fest in Indianapolis, Indiana to name just a few.

About Famous Dave's. Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAVE) develops, owns, operates and franchises barbeque restaurants. The company currently owns 41 locations and franchises 116 additional units in 35 states. Its menu features award-winning barbequed and grilled meats, an ample selection of salads, side items and sandwiches, and unique desserts. For more information, please visit www.famousdaves.com or contact Pat Courtemanche at (612) 746-1776.

Statements in this press release that are not strictly historical, including but not limited to statements regarding the timing of our restaurant openings and the timing or success of our expansion plans, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, which may cause the company's actual results to differ materially from expected results. Although Famous Dave's of America, Inc. believes the expectations reflected in any forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectation will be attained. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Famous Dave's expectation include financial performance, restaurant industry conditions, execution of restaurant development and construction programs, franchisee performance, changes in local or national economic conditions, availability of financing, governmental approvals and other risks detailed from time to time in the company's SEC reports.



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