Famous Dave's Named "Greatest Ribs in America" at Cook-Off in Cleveland

Minneapolis, (BUSINESS WIRE) -- FAMOUS DAVE'S OF AMERICA, INC. (NASDAQ: DAVE) announced today that Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que won the award for "Greatest Ribs in America" at the 18th Annual Marc's Great American Rib Cook-Off in Cleveland, Ohio. The prestigious BBQ competition was held over the Memorial Day weekend and included many of the top competitive grillers in America. Organizers estimate that the BBQ experts at the event serve up more than 1 million ribs over the course of the weekend.

"The Cleveland rib cook-off is one of the most competitive in the nation, and it has a long and storied tradition in the world of barbeque," said Christopher O'Donnell, President and CEO of Famous Dave's. "We couldn't be more proud of our Rib Team. They've added another esteemed trophy to our own tradition of award-winning BBQ." In addition to being named "Greatest Ribs in America," Famous Dave's took home a third-place trophy in the "Greatest Sauce in America" competition.

The Famous Dave's Rib Team is based in Plymouth, MN and is led by Mike Bowar. Famous Dave's Rib Team travels throughout the country each summer, competing in the nation's premier rib cook-offs.

Famous Dave's has won nearly 400 awards for everything from best ribs to best BBQ sauce to best cookbook. In addition to the recent win in Cleveland, Famous Dave's Rib Team 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, 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 176 locations in 38 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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