Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que Opens New Restaurant in Times Square in New York City

Famous Dave's award-winning BBQ makes its Broadway debut with a Manhattan restaurant

New York, (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAVE) President and CEO Christopher O'Donnell today announced that Famous Dave's newest award-winning BBQ restaurant has opened in Times Square in New York City. The restaurant is located on 47th St. between 6th and 7th Avenues, putting Famous Dave's hickory smokers and down-home barbeque side-by-side with the bright lights and glitz of Broadway. Famous Dave's has over 170 locations in 37 states, with the newest restaurant marking its Manhattan debut.

"Times Square in New York City is one of the most iconic destinations in the world, and Famous Dave's is wildly honored to be part of the excitement in this capital of entertainment and dining," said Christopher O'Donnell, President and CEO of Famous Dave's.

Sammy Benmoha is the owner and operator of the new Famous Dave's franchise in New York City. Mr. 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. 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.

"Sammy is one of the great restaurateurs of New York, making him a fantastic partner to launch our brand in Manhattan," said O'Donnell. Sammy Benmoha said, "Famous Dave's is a fantastic restaurant concept, and I've been very excited about bringing it into the vibrancy of Times Square. It was a great feeling to open the doors and start serving our guests."

The new Famous Dave's is approximately 12,000 square feet and can seat up to 280 guests, making it the largest Famous Dave's BBQ restaurant in the country. "Everything is bigger in New York, and that's one of the things we love about it," said O'Donnell. "Visitors to the new Famous Dave's will find that we do barbeque in a big way."

Famous Dave's has won over 300 awards for everything from best ribs to best BBQ sauce to best cookbook. 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 Rib America Indianapolis Rib Fest and many, many more.

About Famous Dave's. Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAVE) develops, owns, operates and franchises barbeque restaurants. Famous Dave's has 174 locations in 37 states. Its menu features award-winning barbequed and grilled meats, an ample selection of salads, side items and sandwiches, and unique desserts.

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.

SOURCE: Famous Dave's

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