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Famous Dave's Rallies Around Founder After Devastating Fire

Original Hayward Restaurant Destroyed as it Marked 20th Anniversary

MINNEAPOLIS - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Nov. 4, 2014 - Famous Dave's original restaurant destination in Hayward, Wisconsin was engulfed in flames early November 3.

Famous Dave's founder, Dave Anderson, opened the Hayward location in 1994, and it became an instant BBQ destination serving recipes that Anderson developed after traveling to the country's top BBQ destinations in the name of research. The location's rustic interior adorned with antiques Anderson had collected from his travels became the inspiration for all future Famous Dave's restaurants. The Hayward location was one of Hayward's top tourist attractions and the city's most photographed restaurant.

"We are saddened by the loss of the original Famous Dave's on Round Lake. This was a special place for not only those of us here at Famous Dave's but for so many BBQ fans in the Round Lake and Hayward area and beyond. Famous Dave's founder Dave Anderson had the vision to create an exceptional BBQ experience 20 years ago and watched it take life at that location, literally building it from the ground up," said Ed Rensi, CEO of Famous Dave's of America. "Our hearts go out to Dave, his family and all of his employees and we are committed to doing all we can – beginning immediately – to help Dave get his business back up and running. We are committing our full support and the backing of the Famous Dave's family to Dave, his wife Kathy and his employees so he can restore this restaurant and great memories can continue to be created there."

The Famous Dave's family of corporate employees and franchisees has already shown tremendous support for Dave Anderson and the Famous Dave's Hayward employees as they look to rebuild the iconic BBQ destination.

"This is an opportunity for the Famous Dave's family to come together and support Dave, Kathy and his employees and we have already set a plan in motion to help him on all fronts – just as Dave himself has done so many times for others in need. As tragic as this event is, Dave is a warrior and he will persevere and rebound from this setback. There is no doubt in our minds that the Phoenix will rise up from the ashes!" said Rensi.

Over the past 20 years, the Famous Dave's brand has grown into a national award-winning concept with corporate and franchise locations across the country. Anderson retired from the company in 2014 but continued to own the Hayward restaurant as a franchise location.

About Famous Dave's

Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) develops, owns, operates and franchises BBQ restaurants. The company owns 54 locations and franchises 142 additional units in 34 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and 1 Canadian Province. Famous Dave's menu features award-winning BBQ and grilled meats, a large selection of salads, side items and sandwiches, and unique desserts. Famous Dave's has won more than 700 awards for everything from "Best Ribs" to "BBQ Sauce" to "Best Cookbook" to "Top Barbeque Restaurant Franchise." For more information, please visit www.famousdaves.com.

SOURCE Famous Dave's of America, Inc.


Becca Bijoch
For Famous Dave's
Lola Red PR



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