Famous Dave's Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que(R) Franchise Opens Company-Owned Restaurant in Bel Air, Maryland

MINNEAPOLIS (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) today announced the opening of its newest award-winning BBQ restaurant in Bel Air, Maryland located in the Colgate Marketplace at 615-B Bel Air Road. This is the second company-owned location to open in Maryland in less than two years.

"Expanding our presence on the East Coast is a solid component of our growth and development plan. This is a great sign of how -- despite the slowed economy -- the Famous Dave's brand continues to grow and be welcomed into new communities around the country," said Christopher O'Donnell, President and CEO of Famous Dave's.

"We have received many requests to open another Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que in Maryland, and we are ecstatic about this 'snoutstanding' new location. The support and encouragement we have received is amazing, and it is an honor to serve our award-winning BBQ to Bel Air and its surrounding communities," said Aric Nissen, Famous Dave's Vice President of Marketing and Research and Development.

Seating over 300 BBQ lovin' guests throughout the restaurant and on the outdoor patio, the approximate 6,000 square foot restaurant is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

In addition to dining in the restaurant, guests can also order BBQ TO GO by placing an order in advance over the phone. Have a business lunch, family picnic, or simply want to dine with friends in the comfort of your own home? No problem. Catering is also available for small to large groups. Both BBQ TO GO and Catering orders can be made by calling (410) 638-8955.

Famous Dave's offers a hearty roundup of award-winning ribs, hickory smoked meats, and other BBQ favorites, such as St. Louis-Style Ribs brushed with Rich & Sassy(R) Sauce, Texas Beef Brisket, Georgia Chopped Pork, Country-Roasted Chicken, Wilbur Beans, Creamy Coleslaw and Dave's Famous Bread Pudding. Guests can also enjoy delicious char-grilled burgers and lip smackin' sandwiches. A Lil' Wilbur Kid's Menu includes classic kid favorites, such as Macaroni & Cheese, Chicken Tenders and Root Beer Floats.

Famous Dave's is located in the Colgate Marketplace at 615-B Bel Air Road, Bel Air, Maryland 21014. The telephone number is (410) 638-8955.

About Famous Dave's

Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) develops, owns, operates and franchises BBQ restaurants. The award-winning BBQ restaurants are known for barbequed and grilled meats, sandwiches, side items, salads and unique desserts. As of today, the company owns 53 locations and franchises 125 additional units in 36 states, including Times Square in New York City. Famous Dave's has won over 400 awards for everything from best ribs to best BBQ sauce to best cookbook. The Famous Dave's family also includes a Famous Dave's Rib Team, which has a stellar track record and has been ranked in first place at competitions throughout the United States, including the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off in Sparks, Nevada; the Great American Rib Cook-Off in Cleveland, Ohio; the Southern Florida Championship Cook Off in Jupiter, Florida and many, many more. For more information, please visit www.famousdaves.com.

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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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SOURCE: Famous Dave's of America

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