updated 3/29/2011 2:16:24 PM ET 2011-03-29T18:16:24

MINNEAPOLIS, March 29, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) announces it has opened its two newest award-winning Bar-B-Que restaurants in Reno and Henderson, Nevada. These new openings mark a total of six Famous Dave's locations in Nevada.

Commenting on the Reno restaurant at 4925 Kietzke Lane, Rory O'Neal of the new Reno-based restaurant company, Savory Investments, LLC said, "Famous Dave's has been recognized as one of America's 'Hottest Concepts' by Nation's Restaurant News, and has won hundreds of awards for its 'Famous' ribs and BBQ. We look forward to sharing this with the folks in Reno and becoming an active member of the community." Savory Investments, LLC was founded by brothers Rory and Sean O'Neal. With over 20 years of food service and hospitality industry experience, the duo has the franchise rights to Famous Dave's Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que ® restaurants in portions of California and Nevada. Reno is the first Famous Dave's for Savory Investments.

The new Henderson, NV restaurant at 651 Mall Ring Circle will be the seventh Famous Dave's in the restaurant portfolio of Sonoran Barbeque Nevada, LLC. "We are pleased to open this new restaurant in Henderson," said Dave Dworak, Director of Operations at Sonoran Barbeque Nevada, LLC.   "It's a great brand and one that is a hit within the communities we operate." In addition to Henderson, Nevada, Sonoran Barbeque operates four locations in Las Vegas, Nevada and two in Arizona.

"We continue to expand in markets where we know our brand will excel," said Christopher O'Donnell, President and CEO of Famous Dave's of America. "Nevada is a great example of this. We are fortunate to have committed franchise partners, like Dave and Rory, in the region. These franchise partners are passionate about our brand and will be great additions to these Famous Dave's communities."

Both restaurants will be open Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Guests can enjoy both lunch and dinner in the 6,500 - 6,660 square foot restaurants. Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que can also be ordered TO GO by calling 775-826-RIBS (7427) in Reno and 702-433-0013 in Henderson. Catering for events and social gatherings of all sizes is available as well.

Having won over 500 regional and national awards, Famous Dave's of America, Inc. is one of the premier BBQ restaurants in the country. Famous Dave's offers a wide variety of 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 today, the company owns 52 locations and franchises 131 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.

CONTACT: Jean Golden
         612-385-2324
         jean@goldenpublicity.com

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