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|Traded as||NASDAQ: DAVE|
|Founded||Hayward, Wisconsin, U.S. (1994 )|
|Headquarters||Minnetonka, Minnesota, U.S.|
Number of locations
|Mike Lister, CEO/COO
Richard Pawlowski, CFO
|Products||Barbecue ribs, beef brisket, chicken, burgers, soups, salads, desserts|
|Footnotes / references
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, and Puerto Rico in 2014. It has 200 locations in 34 U.S. states and one Canadian province, as of December 2012. A location in Redlands, California was opened in May of 2007.
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. The second location was in the Linden Hills neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota; that location opened in 1995 and was designed to be an old-fashioned "roadside BBQ Shack"; it closed in 2014 for redevelopment into denser condo/retail project. The third location opened in 1996 in the Calhoun Square development in Uptown Minneapolis and was designed as a Blues club, Famous Dave's BBQ & Blues, which remains in operation; a "Lodge" format opened in Minnetonka, Minnesota; and the first franchise-operated restaurant opened in Burnsville, Minnesota.
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