Famous Dave's Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que(R) Comes to Wyoming

First Restaurant to Open in Casper on December 10

MINNEAPOLIS - Dec. 6, 2012 // GLOBE NEWSWIRE // - Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) is pleased to announce that the first Famous Dave's Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que® restaurant in the state of Wyoming will open on December 10 in Casper. Located at 5900 East 2nd Street in the McMurry Business Park, this new Famous Dave's restaurant has a spacious indoor dining space and a beautiful outdoor patio, which includes two fireplaces and scenic views of Casper Mountain.

"We are eager to introduce Wyomingites to the wonderful taste of Famous Dave's BBQ," said John D. Johnson, president of Johnson Restaurant Group and franchise co-owner of the new Famous Dave's restaurant. "Famous Dave's diverse menu will surely be a hit with the Casper community and our spacious restaurant, including the picturesque views from our patio, will draw guests in from all around the community. Conveniently located in the McMurry Business Park, we know our restaurant will be the go-to place for business lunches and after-work happy hours. Looking ahead, we are excited to expand our Famous Dave's franchise with an opening in Gillette in 2013."

The newest Casper restaurant will host a Grand Opening on December 10 with a proceed of the day's sales to support Joshua's Storehouse, a 501c3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing food at no cost to low-income local families and individuals in need of short-term hunger relief.

"We welcome John and his team to our family of franchise operators and wish them great success with the new Casper Famous Dave's restaurant," said John Gilbert, chief executive officer at Famous Dave's of America, Inc. "Wyoming is a great market for our brand and we know our award-winning, scratch-cooking recipes will create raving fans in the Casper community. Their eagerness to expand with an opening in Gillette next year further validates the growth potential for Famous Dave's as a franchise opportunity in the state."

The new Casper-based Famous Dave's restaurant is owned by Casper Dave's LLC, which is co-owned by Johnson Restaurant Group and Granite Peak Development. Day-to-day operations will be managed by Johnson Restaurant Group, which also owns and operates five other franchised and independent restaurants in Wyoming.

Open Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., guests of the new Famous Dave's restaurant can enjoy both lunch and dinner in the 6,200 square foot restaurant. Guests may also order To Go or request catering services by calling (307) 473-5900.

About Famous Dave's Legendary Pit BBQ

Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) is proud to be the world's most successful BBQ franchise, selling more BBQ than any other restaurant franchise. Famous Dave's best-selling BBQ has won more than 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. Famous Dave's of America, Inc. develops, owns, operates and franchises barbeque restaurants. The company owns 53 locations and franchises 133 additional units in 33 states and one Canadian province (as of the third quarter fiscal 2012 earnings release dated October 24, 2012). 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.

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


Jean Golden


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