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FREE BBQ FOR VETERANS AT VALLEY FAMOUS DAVE’S on NOV 11 October 30, 2012

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In observance of Veterans Day on Sunday, November 11th, Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que in Phoenix would like to thank all former and current Military personnel for their dedication and commitment to our country by offering a FREE “Two Meat Salute.”

The “Two Meat Salute” is a choice of two different meats, including St Louis-Style Ribs, Georgia Chopped Pork, Texas Beef Brisket, Country Roasted or Barbeque Chicken, Traditional or Boneless Chicken Wings, Southside Rib Tips, Hot Link Sausage, Chicken Tenders or Beer-Battered Cod, served with a Corn Bread Muffin and a choice of one side.

The Veteran must provide either a U.S. Uniformed Services ID Card, form DD-214 or current leave and earnings statement w/photo ID, dog tags w/ a picture ID, or photo of them in uniform.

“Supporting our local Veterans is very important to me and our staff,” said John Erlandson, owner of the Valley’s four Famous Dave’s Restaurants and Catering company. Very important in part, because Erlandson is not only a Army Reserves Veteran, but also a 1990 graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School. He is proud to be able to give back. “This is just a small way for all of us at Famous Dave’s here in Phoenix to show our appreciation for their selflessness and service to our country,” said Erlandson.

There are four Famous Dave’s restaurants in the Valley including Chandler at 3250 West Frye Road; Peoria at 16148 North 83rdAvenue, SanTanVillage in Gilbert at 2206 E Williams Field Rd and Mesa Riverview in Mesa at 1011 Dobson Road.  Go to www.famousdavesbbq.com for full offer details.

Famous Dave’s offers a variety of signature menu items, including award-winning St. Louis-Style Ribs brushed with Rich & Sassy® Sauce, Texas Beef Brisket, Georgia Chopped Pork, Santa Maria Tri-Tip, Country Roasted Chicken, Wilbur Beans, Creamy Coleslaw and Dave’s Famous Bread Pudding. Guests can also enjoy the delicious char-grilled burgers, salads, lip smackin’ sandwiches and home-style desserts. A Lil’ Wilbur Kid’s Menu includes classic kid favorites, such as Macaroni & Cheese, Chicken Tenders and Root Beer Floats. For more info, visit www.famousdavesbbq.com or www.facebook.com/phoenixfamousdaves.com

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Famous Dave’s Competes in Food Network’s Best In Smoke BBQ Showdown May 2, 2011

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Famous Dave’s in the Valley (Mesa, Chandler, SanTan and Peoria) will be serving Blackberry BBQ Ribs and Blackberry BBQ Lettuce Wraps that were introduced by Dave during the Best In Smoke competition. 

 Founder of Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que Competes in Food Network’s Best In Smoke BBQ Showdown

Dave Anderson, Famous Dave’s Founder, shows off BBQ expertise and passion

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN., April 26, 2011– Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAVE) announced today that Famous Dave Anderson, BBQ legend  and founder of Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que, along with Charlie Torgerson, Directory of Culinary, will be featured in Food Network’s Best In Smoke competition, a new four episode program that premieres Sunday, May 8, 2011.

Aric Nissen, Famous Dave’s Vice President, Marketing and R&D said, “Famous Dave’s is extremely proud that Food Network has recognized Famous Dave Anderson as one of six of the best BBQ masters in the country to compete in Best In Smoke. In fact, the four Famous Dave’s restaurants in the Valley (Chandler at 3250 West Frye Road; Peoria at 16148 North 83rd Avenue, SanTan Village in Gilbert at 2206 E Williams Field Rd and Mesa Riverview in Mesa at 1011 Dobson Road) will be serving Blackberry BBQ Ribs and Blackberry BBQ Lettuce Wraps that were introduced by Dave during the Best In Smoke competition.”

Dave Anderson founded Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que in his quest to serve authentic, legendary pit BBQ to people across the country.  “Dave’s passion for BBQ is unmatched,” continued Nissen.  “Most people are surprised to learn that we have ‘scratch’ kitchens, using the freshest of ingredients and that we smoke, cook, and grill our menu items right there in the kitchen. Our BBQ is smoked for up to 10 long hours in smokers on site at each location. That is what makes all Famous Dave’s locations authentic BBQ joints.”

The Best In Smoke series premieres on Sunday, May 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.  Six of the best barbecue masters hailing from cities across the U.S. meet in New York City to face off for a $50,000 grand prize and the right to claim the title of Best In Smoke. Hosted by Bryan Caswell (season three contestant on The Next Iron Chef), this competition tests the competitors’ endurance and skill as they take on multiple challenges in a day with limited resources and cook for vastly different audiences.

From barbecue to desserts to single bite hors d’oeuvres, no food is off limits. Contestants show off their personal style and quick wit throughout the competition, but a final mad dash to three separate venues around Manhattan and Brooklyn will determine which competitor will be awarded the coveted title of Best In Smoke.  At the end of each week’s episode, viewers will learn which competitors advance to the next round of the competition.

Host Bryan Caswell kicks off the competition on the premiere show by challenging the six teams to create their best “single bite” for the judges. Once the clock starts, it’s an all-out scramble and the competitor who cooks up the best “single bite” wins immunity from elimination and joins the judging panel for the next round. Then, the competitors devise the ideal BBQ hors d’oeuvre for an upscale art gallery opening. The fate of the finalists hangs on the opinions of the gallery guests who decide which competitor is safe from elimination.

Famous Dave’s will use innovative social media to make the show more available to Guests and fans.  Founder Dave Anderson and Charlie Torgerson will host an “After the Show ‘Que & A” on Monday, May 9, that will be live-streamed from a Minneapolis Famous Dave’s restaurant.  The show will be hosted online on the Famous Dave’s website so fans from all over the world will be able to view the after show live at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT.  Fans will be able to submit questions, and Dave and Charlie will answer them live, along with sharing special moments and behind-the-scenes insights.  If Dave and Charlie make it to the next round, the live-streaming after shows will continue airing online on Monday nights.

About Famous Dave’s

Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAVE) was founded by ‘Famous’ Dave Anderson, whose passion for BBQ led him on a 25-year cross-country trek to find the best regional BBQ recipes in the country before opening the first Famous Dave’s in Hayward, WI.  As of today, the company owns 52 locations and franchises 130 additional units in 37 states, and is known for its on-premise real pit smokers, scratch-recipe cooking, and 500 national and regional awards for everything from best ribs to best Bar-B-Que sauce to best cookbook.  They offer a wide variety of BBQ favorites including signature award-winning St. Louis-Style Ribs, Texas Beef Brisket, Georgia Chopped Pork, and Country-Roasted Chicken.  Each seasoning blend was personally developed by Dave himself after years of trial and error to bring flavorful and authentic BBQ to his Guests.  Scratch-recipes round out the menu with delicious sides and desserts that include meaty Wilbur Beans, Drunkin’ Apples, and Dave’s Famous Bread Pudding.

For more information, please visit www.famousdaves.com.

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

 

Free Meal for Vets at Famous Dave’s in Valley October 22, 2010

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To commemorate Veterans Day 2010, Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que of the Valley is offering all Veterans a FREE meal. From 11 AM to 10 PM on Thursday, November 11, Veterans of military service can visit one of the four (4) Famous Dave’s locations in the Valley for a complementary entrée off their special menu. The Veteran must provide some kind of identification proving that he/she is a Veteran, such as an old Military ID, dog tags with a picture ID, photo of them in uniform or some sort of memorabilia from their time in service.

“Honoring our local Veterans is very important to me,” said John Erlandson, owner of the Valley’s Famous Dave’s, Army ReservesVeteran and Ranger School graduate.  “This is just a small way for my wife and me to salute Veterans’ and show our appreciation to them for serving our Nation.  We want to recognize and honor them for their selflessness, not just on Veterans Day but throughout the year.”

Erlandson added that all Valley Famous Dave’s always offer “Military Monday’s,” which is a year-long promotion in which all Famous Dave’s Valley locations provide anyone with a military ID or family military ID a 20% discount on their meal every Monday, at any location in the Valley.

There are four Famous Dave’s restaurants in the Valley including Chandler at 3250 West Frye Road; Peoria at 16148 North 83rd Avenue, SanTan Village in Gilbert at 2206 E Williams Field Rd and Mesa Riverview in Mesa at 1011 Dobson Road.  Go to www.famousdavesbbq.com for full offer details.

Famous Dave’s offers a variety of signature menu items, including award-winning St. Louis-Style Ribs brushed with Rich & Sassy® Sauce, Texas Beef Brisket, Georgia Chopped Pork, Santa Maria Tri-Tip, Country Roasted Chicken, Wilbur Beans, Creamy Coleslawand Dave’s Famous Bread Pudding. Guests can also enjoy the delicious char-grilled burgers, salads, lip smackin’ sandwiches andhome-style desserts. A Lil’ Wilbur Kid’s Menu includes classic kid favorites, such as Macaroni & Cheese, Chicken Tenders and Root Beer Floats. For more info, visit www.famousdavesbbq.com or www.facebook.com/phoenixfamousdaves.com

 

RIBZILLA is here! October 5, 2010

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Famous Dave’s in the Valley will offer a Beef Short Rib called the “Ribzilla” as a special feature on the menu beginning October 4 and ending November 21.

Dr. Pepper Glazed Beef Short Rib Platter: Beef Short Rib, 2 sides of choice, corn on the cob, corn muffin. $18.99

Dr. Pepper Glazed Beef Short Rib Sandwich: Sandwich with 1 side. $10.99

Wedge Salad with muffin: Lettuce wedge, Bleu Cheese Crumbles, grape tomatoes, Jalapeño bacon, Bleu cheese dressing and a muffin. $5.99

Cherry Cobbler: Served warm with vanilla ice cream. $5.99

LOCATIONS: Valley Famous Dave’s in Chandler at 3250 West Frye Road; Peoria at 16148 North 83rd Avenue; Mesa Riverview in Mesa at 1011 Dobson Road and in Gilbert at SanTan Village at 2206 East Williams Field Road. www.famousdavesbbq.com.

 

Do you LIKE Famous Dave’s? Win a Backyard BBQ Party for 20 people! July 21, 2010

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Starting July 21 until July 28, go to www.facebook.com/phoenixfamousdaves and “Like” us. Then, tell us why in a post and finish this sentence “I like Famous Dave’s because ____.”
A winner will be announced on Monday, August 2nd.

The winner must schedule the Backyard BBQ party on a weekend in August or in September (excluding Labor Day.)

PRIZE DETAILS: The backyard BBQ for the winner will be as follows:
• Location will be at the home or venue of the winner’s choice. *Venue must be approved by famous Dave’s of Phoenix catering office
• Famous Dave’s will serve Ribs, Country Roasted Chicken, Wilbur Beans, Coleslaw, Muffins and Bread Pudding
• Famous Dave’s will grill on site with a grill master
• This will be a full service event (with grill master) for a maximum of 20 people

It is allowed that the winner may purchase more than the food/beverage included, including labor.

 

Famous Dave’s Summer Promotions July 20, 2010

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  • Is your name Dave? Eat FREE on August 1! In honor of Dave Anderson, founder of Famous Dave’s of America, the legendary BBQ franchise, with more than 170 restaurants and growing on Sunday, August 1, 2010, anyone with the first name of Dave, David or Davy receives a Free Entree on this day. Maximum value $15. Anyone with a middle name of Dave, David or Davy receives a Half Price Entree. Maximum value $7.50. Offer valid dine-in or to-go. Must show photo ID.
  • Moms & Dads, bring your little Wilbur (or Wilma) into Famous Dave’s at SanTan Village Monday – Friday from 11am-3pm and they can pig out on any item from our Li’l Wilbur Meals kids menu for ONLY $.99! And even better, we’ll take their picture with everyone’s FAVORITE SWINE, our very own Wilbur and send you a copy to your email!
  • And we didn’t forget about you Moms & Dads! We have a great lunch menu with fresh from the garden salads, stuffed baked potatoes and, of course, Award-winning BBQ starting at just $6.79!
    OFFER RUNS June 14th-August 31st
    Kids eat for $.99 with an adult meal purchased (limit 2 kids meals for $.99 per adult entree purchase), Monday-Friday from 11am-3pm.
    We will take a picture with the kid(s) and Wilbur and email it to the parent
    Offer good ONLY AT SANTAN Village Famous Dave’s location 2206 E. Williams Field Rd, Suite 101 Gilbert, AZ 85296 Phone: 480-722-2781

  • Famous Dave’s in the Valley are participating in Drowning Impact Awareness Month August 1st – 31st. Famous Dave’s in the Valley will be a pick-up point for the public to get their purple ribbons. Staff and Managers will wear purple ribbons throughout the month of August. Water Watchers and Phoenix Children’s Hospital, along with their sponsors, recognize August as Drowning Impact Awareness Month (DIAM). The reason that August is chosen is because the drowning and near-drowning incidents are increased. The purpose of DIAM is to educate and bring awareness to the importance of water safety. Purple ribbons will be distributed and worn in support of DIAM.

LOCATIONS: Valley Famous Dave’s in Chandler at 3250 West Frye Road; Peoria at 16148 North 83rd Avenue; MesaRiverview in Mesa at 1011 Dobson Road and in Gilbert at SanTan Village at 2206 East Williams Field Road. www.famousdavesbbq.com.

 

Famous Dave’s “Buck-a-Bone” Rib-Tasting for “Save the Family Foundation of Arizona” and $10 Gift Card Giveaway March 29, 2010

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In celebration of their upcoming new restaurant opening at SanTan Village, Famous Dave’s BBQ invites the public to come to their SanTan location from 1-4 pm on Saturday April 3rd to indulge in Famous Dave’s award-winning St. Louis Style Ribs at their traditional pre-opening “Rib-Tasting” supporting the “Save the Family Foundation of Arizona.” Additionally, each customer who participates in this charity promotion will receive a $10 gift card redeemable only at Famous Dave’s SanTan Village from Opening Day, April 12th through May 31st.

This event will take place at the upcoming new restaurant site, located at 2206 E. Williams Field Road in Gilbert, AZ.

“This is a great opportunity to introduce Famous Dave’s Award-Winning Ribs to the Gilbert community while really making a difference in the lives of some of our neighbors,” said John Erlandson, Managing Partner of Desert Ribs LLC. “Each customer is invited to try up to five of our world famous ribs for just $1.00 each. All proceeds from this fun and mouthwatering event will then be donated to the Save the Family organization.”

Save the Family has been in the Valley for more than 20 years. Their goal is to help homeless families transition to a self-sufficient life. Last year, Save the Family provided assistance to more than 300 families including approximately 600 children. Their programs also benefit more than 2,500 additional children through school outreach programs annually.

Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que has received more than 400 national, regional and local awards for everything from Best Ribs to Best Sauce and Best Cookbook. The Famous Dave’s National Rib Cooking Team competes throughout the year with the top championship pit-masters in the country and has earned more 1st Place Awards than any other team in the U.S. Locally, Famous Dave’s has been recognized multiple times in the media as the Best BBQ Restaurant in Phoenix.

For information on Famous Dave’s menu and locations visit: www.famousdavesbbq.com. For information on the Save the Family organization visit: www.savethefamily.org.