Famous Dave's Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que(R) Expands Into Canada

First Restaurant Opens in Winnipeg, Manitoba

MINNEAPOLIS, July 16, 2012 // GLOBE NEWSWIRE // -- Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) is pleased to announce that the Company will open its first Canadian restaurant July 16 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This new restaurant opening aligns with the Company's strategic goal of expanding the Famous Dave's North American footprint to 400-500 restaurants.

The new Winnipeg location is conveniently located at the junction of Lagimodiere Boulevard and Reenders Drive (Unit 11, 70 Reenders Square), a few blocks from Kildonan Place Shopping Centre. The 200-seat restaurant offers casual and private dining facilities to accommodate parties and corporate gatherings. Guests attending the Grand Opening in July will enjoy a visit with Wilbur, the Famous Dave's mascot, a "rib cutting" event, and meet local dignitaries, along with the opportunity to taste some delicious Famous Dave's barbeque.

"We are pleased to introduce Famous Dave's into Canada," said Allan C. McLeod, President and CEO, Tribal Council's Investment Group of Manitoba Ltd., and franchise owner of the new Winnipeg location. "We believe our community will embrace the home spun ambience and 'famous' menu offerings that Famous Dave's is so well-known for in the U.S. Our team is looking forward to our Grand Opening and representing the Famous Dave's brand with passion by providing top notch guest service and introducing its Legendary Pit BBQ to new fans in Canada."

"This restaurant represents a significant growth opportunity for Famous Dave's as we expand our North American footprint into Canada," said Christopher O'Donnell, President and CEO of Famous Dave's of America. "We look forward to working with Allan and his team as we build awareness of our brand in Winnipeg and the surrounding community."

Open Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., guests can enjoy both lunch and dinner in the 6300 square-foot restaurant. Guests can dine in or order To Go by calling 204-947-1916. Catering for company meetings and events, personal parties, social gatherings and weddings is also available for groups of 20 to 2,000 or more.

About Famous Dave's Legendary Pit BBQ

Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) is proud to be North America's most popular and best-selling BBQ and has won over 600 awards for everything from Best Ribs to Best BBQ Sauce to Top Barbeque Restaurant Franchise. Famous Dave's is passionate about BBQ excellence, slow-cooking the BBQ on-site for hours over smoldering hickory wood in authentic pit smokers. The menu features scratch-recipe cookin' and in addition to the award-winning barbequed and grilled meats and chicken, guests can enjoy a large selection of salads, side items and sandwiches, and home-baked desserts. The company owns 53 locations and franchises 133 additional units in 35 states (as of the first quarter fiscal 2012 earnings release dated 4/25/12). Select territories are available for franchising. For more information, visit www.famousdaves.com. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/famousdaves.

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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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