Christopher O'Donnell, president and CEO, to participate in 2009 NASDAQ OMX Food & Restaurant Industry Forum

Minneapolis,(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAVE) today announced that in celebration of opening a new Famous Dave's franchise restaurant in Times Square, Christopher O'Donnell, president and CEO, Diana Purcel, chief financial officer, Dave Anderson, founder, Jacob and Sammy Benmoha, franchise partners in Times Square and Wilbur, the Company's mascot, will ring the "Opening Bell" at NASDAQ Marketsite(R) in New York on June 10, 2009. Christopher O'Donnell will ring the Opening Bell at 9:15 a.m. ET.

"Sammy Benmoha, owner and operator of the Times Square Famous Dave's, opened the restaurant last month and we've been pleased with the response we've received from patrons in the area," said Christopher O'Donnell. "Ringing the NASDAQ Opening Bell is a great way for us to mark this franchise opening. We appreciate the commitment of our franchise owners and are pleased to bring our award-winning BBQ to Times Square and others enjoying this BBQ season."

While at the NASDAQ Marketsite, Christopher O'Donnell will participate in a panel discussion, "Business in the Current Economic Environment," focusing on how restaurants and food companies are adjusting their business approaches to cope with a challenging economic environment to continue driving sales. The panel discussion is part of the 2009 NASDAQ OMX Food & Restaurant Industry Forum.

"This industry forum offers us the opportunity to discuss with our peers in the food and restaurant industry the steps Famous Dave's has taken to maneuver through this difficult economic environment while gaining valuable insight from others in our space," continued O'Donnell. "I'm pleased to have been asked by NASDAQ OMX to participate in this timely forum."

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.

SOURCE: Famous Dave's of America, Inc.



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