Famous Dave's Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que(R) Opens New BBQ Shack in Eden Prairie, Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec 5, 2011 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) is pleased to announce the grand opening of the new "Famous Dave's BBQ Shack," a fast casual dining experience in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The company-owned restaurant opens December 5, 2011. Conveniently located at 590 Prairie Center Drive -- adjacent to the Eden Prairie Center Mall -- the new BBQ Shack will offer the same great barbeque as traditional Famous Dave's locations, but at a faster pace and with some unique benefits.

"Our fast-casual concept offers Guests the same 'famous' food Famous Dave's is known for but in a smaller footprint and with quicker counter service for both dine-in and To Go orders," said Christopher O'Donnell, president and CEO at Famous Dave's of America, Inc. "Like our traditional restaurant locations, the new BBQ Shack will offer hand-crafted meats that are smoked on the premises and our delicious St. Louis-style ribs that are flame-grilled-to-order. Guests will find a variety of our award-winning dishes that reflect regional favorites from around the country. Additionally, our founder, Famous Dave Anderson, will use this location to try new menu ideas and to experiment with new seasonings, sauces, and flavors. We know Eden Prairie is going to love the benefits this new fast-casual Famous Dave's has to offer."

Unlike traditional drive-thru windows, the Eden Prairie location will include a convenient pick-up window designed specifically for Guests who have pre-ordered their meals by phone. "We understand that sometimes Guests are in a hurry, need to pick up a quick dish for a party, or just want to get home quickly with a delicious meal they can share with their family in the comfort of their own home," continued O'Donnell. "The pick-up window is our version of curb-side service as it will allow Guests to quickly retrieve their pre-ordered BBQ without having to park and come inside."

To celebrate the grand opening, the Eden Prairie team is hosting a random drawing for free All-American BBQ Feasts for a year (one each month from January through December) from the new Eden Prairie BBQ Shack location. Guests are encouraged to fill out an entry form at the restaurant and drop it in the entry box located inside the new BBQ Shack between the opening day of December 5 and December 31, 2011. The grand prize winner will be selected on January 6.

Open Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., guests can enjoy both lunch and dinner in the 3200 square foot restaurant. Guests can dine in or order To Go by calling 952-941-5849.

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, 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 the end of third quarter 2011, the company owns 53 locations and franchises 131 additional units in 37 states. The menu features award-winning barbequed and grilled meats, salads, and a large selection of BBQ sandwiches and side items. 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

Contact:

Jean Golden612-385-2324

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