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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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RED MEANS STOP ANNOUNCES NEW SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

ImageLocal and national sponsors sought to help fund driver safety and awareness

(Scottsdale, AZ October 2012) – Red Means Stop (RMS) is announcing a new scholarship program designed to benefit families who are unable to afford driving school. Since 1999, Red Means Stop has been actively dedicated to making our Arizona roads safer for our citizens, especially in their avocation to minimize red light running on our valley streets. The new scholarship announced last month by Frank Hinds, Executive Director of Red Means Stop (RMS) launched in September 2012 with the Jordan family, a family of triplet boys, being the pilot participants of the developing program.

In July of 2000, Deanna Jordan became a military widow when her husband was killed in an Apache helicopter accident leaving Deanna with 4 year old triplet boys to support on her own. After recently being informed that their benefits that they had been dependent on were coming to an abrupt end and with three boys of age to drive, Deanna wanted to be assured that her children are safe on the road. She was shocked to learn that schools no longer offer driver’s education for students, a problem as proper training can be costly for a single parent home.

“This grant has been a Godsend to us, and a little bit of weight off of my shoulders. I am so happy that they will get the quality education that DrivingMBA offers,” said Deanna. “It’s so scary to think about letting them drive. It makes me feel a little better knowing that they are getting such a great foundation to start driving with! Thank you Red Means Stop and DrivingMBA!”

Red Means Stop is elated to help the Jordan family with their need to properly teach and train the Jordan triplets, Kyle, Cameron and Justin, for their futures’ as drivers and ultimately wish this scholarship will benefit other families looking into the program at DrivingMBA.

“DrivingMBA’s ability to provide programs to kids who can’t afford it is very limited. The Red Means Stop board decided a worthwhile goal would be to develop a new generation of safe responsible, young drivers and educate them about red light running,” said Maria Wojtczak, owner of DrivingMBA.

The scholarship program is hoping to bring more sponsors for both organizations and generate awareness for the growing need to properly prepare teenagers for driving on our busy roads and highways. Both DrivingMBA and Red Means Stop are dedicated to educating the community and they both believe this new scholarship is the next step forward.

About Red Means Stop
In January 1999, three families who incurred the consequences of red light runners founded the Red Means Stop Coalition. The Red Means Stop Coalition is the only known grassroots organization of its kind in the United States with a long-term goal of having the message about the dangers and consequences of red light running spread throughout the country. The Red MeansStop Coalition has been featured on numerous national television programs, including the NBC Nightly News, ABC World News Tonight and Good Morning America. To learn more about RMS, visit their website at http://www.redmeansstop.org/

About DrivingMBA
DrivingMBA is an Arizona based Driver Training and Education provider with locations in Scottsdale and Chandler. DrivingMBA’s driver training programs are designed to reduce the risk and magnitude of death, injury and property damage caused by teenage drivers through a comprehensive approach to driver training. DrivingMBA combines the use of state of the art simulators, on-road instruction and classroom to teach students how to drive through experience in a no-risk environment. To learn more about DrivingMBA, visit their website at drivingmba.com

 

 

OSR PHYSICAL THERAPY Celebrates Ten Years of Service with Open House

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(Anthem, AZ October 2012) Orthopedic and Sports Rehab (OSR) Physical Therapy is celebrating ten years of service this November. Opened in 2002 by husband and wife physical therapists’, Aaron and Kori Williams, OSR has endured the most challenging economic situations to open four clinics throughout the valley, with more locations planned in the next year. With a distinct mission to provide patients with highly qualified care and hands-on personalized rehabilitation, OSR has proven results. On November 8th from 5-8pm at each of their four locations, OSR will be celebrating the milestone with an open house for past and present patients, local physicians and the surrounding community. Food, drink, anniversary cake, raffles and giveaways will be provided and the original Anthem office will also host a bounce house, face painting and live music provided by Kip Fox.

 

OSR’s first ever location, in Anthem, is a spacious 4,000 sq. ft. facility which offers the latest in physical therapy equipment and technology, providing an optimal healing environment for patients and their families. In 2008, OSR expanded to North Phoenix in Mountainside Fitness and again in 2009 with clinics in Peoria and Gilbert. Each of their facilities, along with all staff, promotes healthy living and fast but stable recovery in a fun and energetic environment.

Despite the recession, the Williams’ have been successful in expanding an additional three locations, with the same commitment and service that made their Anthem location such a success. They understood the recipe for triumph in the physical therapy industry relies in the dedication displayed in daily operations and a willingness to positively affect the lives of those suffering from injury or pain.

 

“Although we treat people of all ages with various types of pains and injuries, including orthopedic and post surgical, we treat many young athletes,” said Aaron Williams. “Each year, more than 3.5 million kids under the age of 14 receive medical treatment for some sports-related injury and we at OSR are dedicated to helping those in the Valley recover quickly and safely.”

 

OSR is currently the official provider of rehab services’ for Boulder Creek High School in Anthem, providing their athletes with service to heal their injuries. OSR also currently hosts a free clinic on Saturdays’ called “Bumps and Bruises” where kids can receive quick evaluations of their past week in sports. OSR’s aquatic therapy program at their Gilbert location has been proven extremely effective in treatment for patients that have recently had surgery, a unique approach not offered by many therapy providers.

 

OSR is looking forward to more decades in business and a future filled with many more locations across our Valley. For now however, they wish to continue their commitment to their patients, both past and present, and hope they are able to celebrate success November 8th at any of their locations. To find out more about OSR, visit www.osrphysicaltherapy.com/

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ABOUT (OSR) Physical Therapy

Founded in Anthem, Arizona in 2002 by Physical Therapist, Aaron Williams, Orthopedic & Sports Rehab (OSR) Physical Therapy provides patients with highly qualified care and hands-on personalized rehabilitation services’ intended to produce results. OSR is a comprehensive out-patient physical therapy clinic that specializes in treating a wide variety of problems and diagnoses related to: orthopedic injury, sports injury, post-surgical injury, soft-tissue injury, back and neck pain, motor-vehicle accidents, general hand therapy, work-related injury, and neurological disorders. Remaining committed to continued growth and excellent care for their patients has OSR among the very best. Their four facilities throughout the Valley offer the latest in physical therapy equipment and technology in order to provide an optimal healing environment for patients and their families. Their clinics are available for tours. For more information visit http://www.osrphysicaltherapy.com/

OPEN HOUSE EVENT:

WHAT: 10th Anniversary Celebration

WHEN: Thursday, November 8th 5-8 p.m.

WHERE: 

·        **OSR Anthem Clinic 41125 Daisy Mountain Drive, Suite 121  (623) 551-9708

·        OSR N. Phoenix Clinic 2655 West Carefree Highway in Mountainside Fitness (623) 434-4655

·        OSR Peoria Clinic at 9784 West Yearling Road (623) 412-2117

·        OSR Gilbert Clinic at 3345 Val Vista Drive in Mountainside Fitness. (480) 857-7123

WHY: OSR will be celebrating their 10 year milestone with an open house for past and present patients, local physicians and the surrounding community. Food, drink, anniversary cake, raffles and giveaways will be provided. 

**The original Anthem office will also host a bounce houses, face painting and live music provided by Kip Fox.

 

 

Honor Mesa Police and Fire at FREE community safety event this Saturday! September 10, 2012

 

WHO: Organ Stop Pizza and 100 Club of Arizona

WHAT: Safety Fair to Support Local Firefighters and Police

WHEN: September 15, 2012, 2-5pm

WHERE: Organ Stop Pizza
1149 East Southern Avenue Mesa, AZ 85204 (SW corner of Southern/Stapley)

CALL: (480) 813-5700

 

WHY: Join the 100 Club of Arizona, Mesa Police and Fire Departments and Organ Stop Pizza for a Community Safety fair at the Mesa pizza joint on Saturday, September 15th from 2-5p.m. To celebrate the end of a month long competition between police and fire, Organ Stop Pizza will host this free, family-friendly event in their parking lot on the SW corner of Southern and Stapley in Mesa. The public is invited to come out for family fun activities including karaoke, public safety displays and demonstrations, and a chance to test drive a Ford Escape.

At the Fair, the winner of Organ Stop Pizza’s Red vs. Blue Pizza Challenge will be announced. Since August 18, customers have been able to vote for their favorite public safety agency by ordering their choice of four specially designed police and fire pizzas with 20% of proceeds benefiting the 100 Club. The winning pizza will be added to the Organ Stop Pizza menu until the end of October and continue to the benefit the nonprofit organization that provides assistance to the families of fallen and injured officers and firefighters.

With free parking and admission, the Community Fair will feature live entertainment, giveaways, health and safety information and an exciting pizza eating contest between police and fire. In addition, the public can view and explore police and fire vehicles including a police stunt vehicle. Sparky the Mesa Fire dog will be there to interact with families, and Mesa motor officers will offer complimentary check car seats for safety precautions. Police Explorers will be onsite selling popcorn and snow cones to benefit the 100 Club, plus don’t miss out on giveaway treats from Blue Bell Ice Cream.

Organ Stop Pizza is celebrating 40 years in the Valley. Home to the nation’s largest Wurlitzer pipe organ, the unique pizza restaurant is a favorite entertainment destination for all ages. Along with pizza, they offer pasta, appetizers, a salad bar, ice cream and beer/wine and soft drinks. Everything from Bach to rock is played by professional organist to crowds of up to 700 people every night. They are a cash or check business. No debit or credit cards accepted but an ATM is available in the lobby. For more information, go to www.organstoppizza.com or email admin@organstoppizza.com

The 100 Club of Arizona is a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to public safety officers and firefighters when they are seriously injured or killed in the line of duty, and provides resources to enhance their safety and welfare. It was started in 1965, became a 501(c)(3) in 1968, and has given more than $6 million in financial support to Arizona’s men and women who stand behind the badge. For more information, log on to www.100club.org or email info@100club.org.

 

 

Red vs Blue Heroes Pizza Challenge! August 16, 2012

I am so excited to announce this great collaboration! Support The 100 Club of Arizona and vote with your taste buds at Organ Stop Pizza by enjoying delicious custom-created pizzas by Mesa Fire and Police!
RED vs. BLUE HEROES PIZZA CHALLENGE
WHO: Organ Stop Pizza and 100 Club of Arizona
WHAT: Police vs Firefighters – Show Your Support Pizza Contest
WHEN: August 18 to September 15, 2012
WHERE: Organ Stop Pizza (Southern/Stapley) in Mesa
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WHY: To honor our local heroes, the police and firefighters in the Valley, Organ Stop Pizza is holding a friendly competition between the two Mesa organizations to support The 100 Club of Arizona. Between August 18 and September 14th, 2012, customers of Organ Stop Pizza are encouraged to vote with their taste buds and choose between the four pizzas in the competition, selected by the Mesa Fire and Police. The Mesa Police will have the Smokey BBQ Chicken Pizza and their own Hawaiian Five-0 Pizza, with toppings of pepperoni, bacon, pineapple and onion to choose from. The Mesa Firefighters will be represented with a Buffalo Chicken Pizza and a 5-Alarm Pizza, complete with pepperoni, sausage, mushroom and jalapeño. For every purchase (in restaurant or carry out), 20% will be donated to the 100 Club. At the end of the competition, the total of pizzas purchased will be compiled and a winner will be announced at a Community Safety Fair. That winning pizza, announced September 15th, will be added to the Organ Stop Pizza menu until the end of October and every purchase of that pizza, will continue to bring 20% of proceeds to the 100 Club of Arizona.
 
On Saturday, September 15th from 2-5pm in the Organ Stop Pizza parking lot located on the SW corner of Southern and Stapley in Mesa, the community is invited to a free, family-friendly safety fair put on by the Mesa Fire and Police Departments and local organizations. Parking and admission are free for live entertainment, fire and bicycle safety demonstrations, giveaways, health information and a pizza eating contest between police and firemen. There will also be fire trucks and police cars to check out, plus police dogs and treats from Blue Bell Ice Cream.

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Organ Stop Pizza is celebrating 40 years in the Valley. Home to the nation’s largest Wurlitzer pipe organ, the unique pizza restaurant is a favorite entertainment destination for all ages. Along with pizza, they offer pasta, appetizers, a salad bar, ice cream and beer/wine and soft drinks. Everything from Bach to rock is played by professional organist to crowds of up to 700 people every night. They are a cash or check business. No debit or credit cards accepted but an ATM is available in the lobby. For more information, go to www.organstoppizza.com or email admin@organstoppizza.com
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The 100 Club of Arizona is a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to public safety officers and firefighters when they are seriously injured or killed in the line of duty. It was started in 1968, and has given more than 6 million dollars in financial support to Arizona’s men and women who stand behind the badge. For more information, go to www.100club.org or email info@100club.org

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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