Famous Dave's

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Famous Dave's of America, Inc.
Public
Traded as NASDAQDAVE
Industry Restaurants
Founded Hayward, Wisconsin, U.S. (1994 (1994))
Headquarters Minnetonka, Minnesota, U.S.
Number of locations
200
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
[1][2]

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]

Famous Dave's second location was in the Linden Hills neighborhood of Minneapolis and was built in 1995 to look like a classic BBQ shack. It closed in 2014 when the site was purchased for denser redevelopment.
Exterior of a Famous Dave's in Frederick, Maryland

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] 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";[4] it closed in 2014 for redevelopment into denser condo/retail project.[5] 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.[4]

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.[6]

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.[7]

References[edit]

  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. ^ a b Allen R. Thomsen v. Famous Dave's of America, Inc., U.S. District Court of Minnesota, February 17, 2009, accessed May 31, 2015.
  5. ^ Jim Hammerand, Famous Dave's first restaurant burns down, Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, November 3, 2014, accessed May 31, 2015.
  6. ^ "About Dave Anderson". Famous Dave Anderson. Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "The Legend of Famous Dave's". Famous Dave's of America. Retrieved 21 December 2012. [1]

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