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Newest Famous Dave's Opens in Grandville, Michigan

May 10, 2004 at 8:22 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 10, 2004--FAMOUS DAVE'S OF AMERICA, INC. (Nasdaq:DAVE) President and CEO David Goronkin announced today that the newest Famous Dave's Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que(R) restaurant opened on Monday, May 10, 2004 in Grandville, Michigan at 4505 Canal Ave.

The Grandville Famous Dave's, located near Grand Rapids, Michigan, is owned by franchisee Team R n' B Michigan, LLC and operated by Larry Seedorf. Grandville is the fourth Famous Dave's restaurant in Michigan and the first for Team R n' B Michigan. Larry Seedorf also operates Team R n' B Wisconsin, LLC, which owns four Famous Dave's restaurants in Wisconsin.

"Famous Dave's expansion into the Grand Rapids area is a great addition to our Michigan restaurants," said David Goronkin, President and CEO of Famous Dave's. "We are very pleased to have Larry Seedorf and his team bring Famous Dave's to Western Michigan."

The new Famous Dave's is 6,500 square feet and has approximately 220 seats. Approximately 140 staff members have been hired for the Grandville Famous Dave's. The restaurant provides an extensive array of catering services and offers a comprehensive take-out menu along with a full service bar.

Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que features hickory-smoked St. Louis-style ribs, Texas Beef Brisket, and Famous Dave's award-winning Rich & Sassy(R) BBQ sauce. Additionally, the menu offers barbeque and Country Roasted Chicken, BBQ sandwiches, burgers and salads. Plus, the restaurant serves up such down home classics as made-from-scratch coleslaw, potato salad, Wilbur Beans, corn bread muffins and Famous Fries. Famous Dave's delectable homemade desserts include its award-winning bread pudding and hot fudge Kahlua brownie.

Having won awards for everything from best sauce to best ribs to best cookbook, Famous Dave's has received wide acclaim and praise from customers and critics alike. Famous Dave's Rib Team regularly competes in rib competitions across the country, and has raked in 1st place awards at the Southern Florida Championship Cook Off in Jupiter, Florida, the Great American Rib Cook-off in Ohio, the Sioux Empire Rib-fest in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the Rib Fest & More in Fargo, North Dakota, the Pontiac Rib America Rib Fest in Pontiac, Michigan, the Twin Cities Rockin' Rib Fest in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the Rib America Indianapolis Rib Fest in Indianapolis, Indiana to name just a few.

Coming this summer - Famous Dave's celebrates its Tenth Anniversary!

About Famous Dave's. Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) develops, owns, operates and franchises barbeque restaurants. The company currently owns 38 locations and franchises 56 additional units in 23 states. Its menu features award-winning barbequed and grilled meats, an ample selection of salads, side items and sandwiches, and unique desserts. For more information, please visit or contact Pat Courtemanche at (612) 782-8305 or

Certain matters discussed within this press release, including timing of the transactions, restaurant openings and expansion plans, 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, franchisee performance, changes in local or national economic conditions, availability of financing, governmental approvals and other risks detailed from time to time in the company's SEC reports.

    CONTACT: Golden & Associates
             Pat Courtemanche, 612-782-8305

    SOURCE: Famous Dave's of America, Inc.