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Famous Dave's of America Announces New Vice President of Marketing

January 22, 2003 at 5:40 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 22, 2003--Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) President and CEO Martin O'Dowd announced today that Lane Schmiesing will join the Company as Vice President of Marketing, effective February 3, 2003.

Lane Schmiesing has over 20 years of experience in restaurant marketing. From 1997 to 2002, Lane served in senior marketing positions for Buca, Inc., including the role of Senior Vice President of Marketing. As chief marketing officer for Buca, Inc., Lane's many accomplishments included leading the growth of the Buca di Beppo brand from five to 37 markets. Prior to joining Buca, Lane served in marketing and promotions roles with Rare Hospitality International/Longhorn Steakhouses, Metromedia Steakhouses/Bonanza Restaurants and International Dairy Queen.

"Lane's vast experience in the restaurant industry, and in particular with companies experiencing focused growth, makes him a great addition to our management team," said Martin O'Dowd, President and CEO of Famous Dave's. "He has an outstanding track record of success in entering new markets, and his knowledge of the restaurant industry at all levels, including franchise growth, will be invaluable to Famous Dave's."

O'Dowd also announced today that Doug Anderson has resigned from his role as Vice President of Marketing but has accepted an assignment with the Company as a marketing consultant. Anderson will remain on staff through March to assist with the transition. "We are grateful for all the contributions Doug Anderson has made to Famous Dave's. He has been extremely successful in helping expand our concept across the country, and I thank him for his role in our success," said O'Dowd.

About Famous Dave's

Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) owns, operates and franchises barbeque restaurants. The company currently operates 40 locations and franchises an additional 33 units in 19 states. The Company also has signed Area Development Agreements for an additional 118 franchise restaurants. Its menu features award-winning barbecued and grilled meats, along with a large selection of salads, side items, sandwiches and signature desserts. For more information, visit

Certain matters discussed within this press release may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Although Famous Dave's of America, Inc. believes the expectation 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, changes in local or national economic conditions, availability of financing, outcome of pending litigation and other risks detailed from time to time in the company's SEC reports.


CONTACT: Famous Dave's of America, Inc., Minneapolis
Martin O'Dowd, 952/294-1300