Famous Dave's Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que(R) Opens New Springfield, Missouri Restaurant

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 5, 2011 // GLOBE NEWSWIRE // -- Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) announces the opening of the Company's third Missouri restaurant in Springfield. The new restaurant, owned and operated by Midwest BBQ Ventures South Springfield, LLC, is conveniently located at 4406 S. Campbell Avenue – just across the street from the new Academy of Sports and Sam's Club.

"With the great success we've had in Branson for the past five years, we are excited to open the first Famous Dave's in the Springfield market," said Dave Jones, managing member and co-owner of Midwest BBQ Ventures South Springfield LLC. "I believe that each guest will become a raving fan once they taste our award-winning food." Jones co-owns the Springfield location with Joe Gira and Mark Coburn. Additionally, he is owner and operator of two Branson, Missouri locations under Branson Entity Jones Restaurants Missouri, LLC. Jones, Gira and Coburn plan to expand their Famous Dave's franchise operations into the St. Louis market in 2012.

The new Springfield location is the first Famous Dave's location to have a sixty-foot elevated gas fire pit to highlight the delicious, smoked BBQ offerings to its customers. Additionally, customers can choose from a host of craft beers on tap from Mother's Brewing Company. Proceeds from the news store's "Friends and Family" training weekend, held December 2-3, will support the Make-A-Wish® Foundation.

"We are so impressed with the local flavor and flare that Dave, Joe and Mark are bringing to the new Famous Dave's restaurant in Springfield," said Christopher O'Donnell, president and chief executive officer at Famous Dave's of America, Inc. "With their consistent and persistent focus on delivering the highest quality customer experience that our brand promises, these guys are great franchise partners and we wish them great success with this new location."

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 6,100 square foot restaurant. Guests can dine in or order To Go by calling (417) 877-8646. Catering for events and social gatherings of all sizes is available as well in the restaurant's second level semi-private dining room.

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® 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 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, 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.

Contact:

Jean Golden
612-385-2324
jean@goldenpublicity.com

Source: Famous Dave's of America

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