updated 2/15/2011 10:16:28 AM ET 2011-02-15T15:16:28

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 15, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) is introducing new menu items, including six new Citrus Grill BBQ platters (Grilled Salmon, Grilled Shrimp, Steak Tenderloins, Naked Ribs, Pork Tenderloin, and Grilled Chicken) that have less than 600 calories. Top any of these Citrus Grill platters or any other BBQ favorites off with a Skinny Margarita for only 101 calories.

In celebration of the new healthy Citrus Grill items, guests who order any of the Citrus Grill platters will also receive a free 30-day pass & fitness assessment with a personal trainer at Snap Fitness. These Snap Fitness cards will be handed out through the end of March at participating locations.

"We're excited about these new additions to the Famous Dave's menu," said Aric Nissen, Vice President of Marketing and R&D.  "Guests can enjoy delicious BBQ under 600 calories, and we are pleased to make this option available. This is the time of year that many of us are focusing on diet and exercise, so we also decided to team up with Snap Fitness to offer a free $140 fitness package. That's an incredible deal just for getting a great tasting meal. And, our new Citrus Grill additions prove that our BBQ is not only good-tasting, it can also be good for you with leaner cuts, a lighter new Honey Chipotle Lime Glaze, delicious sides of grilled pineapple steaks and naturally good broccoli.

In addition to the Citrus Grill offerings, other new menu items include a loaded BBQ chips appetizer, Dave's Amazingly Boneless Wings, True-Bleu Cheeseburger, Dave's Turkey Burger, and two new sauces (Pineapple Rage and Wilbur's Revenge).

Famous Dave's offers a award-winning ribs, hickory smoked meats, and other BBQ favorites, such as St. Louis-Style Ribs brushed with Rich & Sassy® Sauce, Texas Beef Brisket, Georgia Chopped Pork, Country-Roasted Chicken, Wilbur Beans, Creamy Coleslaw and Dave's Famous Bread  Pudding. A Lil' Wilbur Kid's Menu includes classic kid favorites, such as Macaroni & Cheese, and Chicken Tenders. For more information, including a full menu and other restaurant locations, please visit www.famousdaves.com.

About Famous Dave's

Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) develops, owns, operates and franchises barbeque restaurants. As of February 14, 2011, the company owns 52 locations and franchises 129 additional units in 37 states. The menu features award-winning barbequed and grilled meats, a large selection of salads, side items and sandwiches, and unique desserts. Famous Dave's has won over 500 awards for everything from best ribs to best Bar-B-Que sauce to best cookbook. For more information, please visit www.famousdaves.com .

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Statements in this press release that are not strictly historical, including but not limited to statements regarding the timing of our restaurant openings and the timing or success of our expansion plans, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, which may cause the company's actual results to differ materially from expected results. Although Famous Dave's of America, Inc. believes the expectations 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.

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