Famous Dave's

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Famous Dave's of America, Inc.
Industry Restaurants
Founded Hayward, Wisconsin, United States (1994 (1994))
Headquarters Minnetonka, Minnesota, United States
Number of locations
Key people
Ed Rensi CEO
Diana Purcell, CFO
Products Barbecue ribs, beef brisket, chicken, burgers, soups, salads, desserts
Website www.famousdaves.com/home
Footnotes / references
Exterior of a Famous Dave's in Frederick, Maryland

Famous Dave's of America is a chain of barbecue restaurants serving pork ribs, chicken, beef brisket, and several flavors of barbecue sauce. Dave Anderson, an Ojibwe who served as the head of the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs from 2004 to 2005, started the first Famous Dave's restaurant near Hayward, Wisconsin in 1994. The restaurant chain grew throughout the Midwestern United States, including Puerto Rico in 2014. It has 200 locations in 34 U.S. states and one Canadian province, as of December 2012.[2] The first restaurant of the chain was Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que in Hayward, Wisconsin. On the morning of November 3, 2014, the first restaurant was destroyed by fire.[3]

Dave Anderson[edit]

Famous Dave's catering truck, Westland, Michigan

In 1986, Anderson earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, without earning an undergraduate degree.[4]

In 1994, he was one of the first investors in Rainforest Café, a theme restaurant chain, and in October 1994, Dave Anderson opened the first Famous Dave’s in Hayward, Wisconsin.[5]


  1. ^ "NASDAQ Opening Bell Ceremony | Famous Dave's". Famous Dave's of America. Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Famous Dave’s Locations". Famous Dave's of America. Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Zufall, Frank. "Original Famous Dave’s Restaurant Destroyed In Fire". minnesota.cbslocal.com. WCCO. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "About Dave Anderson". Famous Dave Anderson. Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "The Legend of Famous Dave's". Famous Dave's of America. Retrieved 21 December 2012. [1]

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