Famous Dave's Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que(R) Opens Erie, Pennsylvania Restaurant

MINNEAPOLIS, Jul 12, 2011 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) announces it has opened its newest award-winning Bar-B-Que restaurant in Erie, Pennsylvania at 7165 Peach Street. Today's opening marks the fifth Famous Dave's location in Pennsylvania. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 10:00 AM.

"We have been pursuing Famous Dave's legendary barbeque for the Erie market for over five years," said Nick Scott, Sr., President and Owner of Scott's Rib Bone Peach, Inc., the local Famous Dave's franchisee in Erie. "Famous Dave's has authentic, made from scratch, mouth-watering meats. I know Erie's going to love it." Nick Scott also owns Scott Enterprises, a family-owned hospitality company based in Erie, PA with a portfolio that includes hotels, franchised restaurants, Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park Resort, and the Ambassador Center, Erie's premier choice for conferences and events.

Christopher O'Donnell, President and CEO of Famous Dave's of America, commented on the new store opening, "We are pleased to further expand our brand to Erie. Pennsylvania has been a successful market for our company and we look forward to serving up our award-winning barbeque ribs and hickory-smoked meats to our new customers in this new casual, family-friendly atmosphere. Scott Enterprises is well-known in the Erie market -- a good corporate citizen and committed to supporting the communities in which they operate. We look forward to working with this team."

"When Damon's closed at this same location a few years ago, we said we would bring a new concept to Erie and create even more jobs and we have done just that. Famous Daves is a great complement to several of our other franchise operations. Famous Dave's rubs and sauces coupled with their superior smoking process makes this award-winning BBQ the real deal," said Nick Scott, Jr., Vice President and Owner of Scott Enterprises, Inc.

Open Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., guests can enjoy both lunch and dinner in the over 11,000-square-foot restaurant. Catering for events and social gatherings of all sizes is available as well.

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. A Lil' Wilbur Kid's Menu includes classic kid favorites, such as Macaroni & Cheese, and Chicken Tenders.

About Famous Dave's

Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) develops, owns, operates and franchises barbeque restaurants. As of today, the company owns 52 locations and franchises 130 additional units in 37 states. The menu features award-winning barbequed and grilled meats, a large selection of salads, side items and sandwiches, and unique desserts. Famous Dave's has won over 500 awards for everything from best ribs to best Bar-B-Que sauce to best cookbook. 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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