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

MINNEAPOLIS, Jul 18, 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 Portland, Oregon at 9911 NE Cascades Parkway. The July 18th opening marks the second Famous Dave's location in Oregon.

"We're excited to expand in Portland," said Kevin Summers, Area Director of Cascade PDX Partners, LLC. "We know it's going to be a great addition to the area. We want our Guests to know they don't have to travel the country to find great barbeque -- we've brought it to Portland for them. In addition to great barbeque, the Cascades Parkway location will feature over 30 of the best local brews on draft for our Guests to enjoy. "

Christopher O'Donnell, President and CEO of Famous Dave's of America, commented on the new Portland opening, "We are pleased to open our second store in Oregon. Cascade PDX Partners is a fantastic franchise partner who has shown real commitment to our brand. We know their Portland team will be a great asset to the communities they serve."

The new Portland store held a pre-opening on July 16th and 17th, with a portion of sales donated to the Veterans Who Care Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to helping homeless and disabled veterans in the area. "This is a great way for us to support a meaningful organization as we introduced our new restaurant into the Portland community," continued Summers. "We greatly appreciate the work Veterans Who Care offers the returning service men and women of our country."

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 7,200 square foot restaurant. Guests can dine in or order BBQ TO GO by calling 503-493-9000. 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.

For more information, including a full menu and other restaurant locations, please visit www.famousdaves.com.

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 131 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.

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.

Note to Editors: Contact Jean Golden (612-385-2324 or jean@goldenpublicity.com) for interviews, photography and other requests.

This news release was distributed by GlobeNewswire, www.globenewswire.com

SOURCE: Famous Dave's of America

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