Also about to become America’s favorite BBQ franchise opportunity.
THE FAMOUS DAVE’S STORY
Our company was founded in 1994 by “Famous” Dave Anderson on Round Lake in Hayward, WI. Dave set out to create the best BBQ restaurant in America, never anticipating it might one day grow to nearly 200 barbeque restaurant units worldwide. Dave spent more than 20 years perfecting his sauce recipes, rubs, and cooking methods before opening the first BBQ restaurant. A Chicago Native, Dave spent much of his youth traveling with his father to some of Chicago’s best BBQ joints.
In 1995, Famous Dave’s earned a blue ribbon in the ‘Best BBQ Sauce in America’ contest at the American Royal International Barbeque Contest. Dave also opened his second location that year, a “shack” style location in the Linden Hills neighborhood of Minneapolis. In 1996, with four restaurants, Famous Dave’s became a publicly traded Company (NASDAQ:DAVE). This sparked tremendous interest in the franchising space and Famous Dave’s franchised its first BBQ restaurant in 1997.
Since then, the Company has grown to 130 units in 32 States, as well as restaurants in Puerto Rico, Canada, and the United Arab Emirates.
WHAT MAKES FAMOUS DAVE’S SO GOOD?
BOLD TO THE BONE
Authentic BBQ starts in a live-wood smoker stoked with genuine hickory logs. Our pitmasters hand-rub the meats with a custom blend of spices and cook for hours to extract the natural flavors. Before we serve our ribs, we pull them out of the smoker and toss them on the grill to caramelize the sauces, creating a chargrilled sweetness on the outside and locking in the deep-down smoky flavor.
PITMASTER RULES: RESPECT THE CUT
We source the highest quality meats and trim them up like we’re in a competition. We hand-rub them with the freshest seasonings available.
From Rich & Sassy® to Sweet & Zesty® our original sauces let you create your own legendary BBQ experience.
700 AWARDS AND COUNTING
It’s hard not to take our BBQ seriously when the number of awards we’ve received reaches triple digits.
Famous Dave understands what it’s like when the odds are against you. A Native American kid at the bottom half of high school class, he didn’t have a whole lot of opportunities, but he had dreams and perseverance.
His original goal: create the best BBQ America ever tasted. Now his goal is to share his success with new Franchise Partners across the country.
AMERICA’S MOST FAMOUS BBQ –
The best BBQ in America! Our reputation is second to none. We just don’t have customers… we have lifelong, raving, Loyal Fans who are crusaders for Famous Dave’s.
SMOKIN’ SERVICE –
Smokin’ Service is all about making the guest feel welcome. Ensuring they have a Famous experience that keeps them coming back and raving about us.
FAMILY-FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE –
Something for everyone in the family and is an ideal place for families to have a meal given our wide selection of BBQ Feasts along with a tasty Kids Menu featuring our youngest fans’ favorites.
SPEED AND CONVENIENCE –
Famous Dave’s To Go (including pick up and delivery) offers guests a faster, easier way to enjoy their BBQ. Our locations feature To Go areas with dedicated parking spots for added convenience. To Go accounts for 30% of Famous Dave’s total sales.
PERFECTED CATERING PROGRAM –
Both limited and full service catering allowing us to serve America’s Favorite BBQ for a company lunch, a family reunion, or even a bride and groom’s special day. We are perfect for any group gathering.