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Famous Dave’s Announces International Expansion With Development Agreement for Middle East

October 13, 2015 at 12:58 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 13, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (NASDAQ:DAVE) today announced an international franchise agreement to open the world famous BBQ restaurants in the United Arab Emirates. This agreement represents the first expansion for the brand outside of North America.

Famous Dave’s partnered with Tablez Food Company to open four locations within the United Arab Emirates. Tablez Food Company is a development firm that specializes in food and beverage concepts with renowned success and exceptional food quality. Tablez Food Company is dedicated to innovation and seeking out new concepts, which bring a truly inspiring experience to the region. Famous Dave’s is the franchise groups’ first and only BBQ concept in its portfolio.

“This international franchise expansion plan is an important partnership for Famous Dave’s and we are thrilled to bring our authentic award–winning All-American Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que to the region,” said Adam Wright, Interim CEO of Famous Dave's of America, Inc. “We are thrilled to be working with Tablez, the best food and beverage group in the UAE, to provide our world-class Bar-B-Que dining experience specifically customized for the United Arab Emirates.”

“Our vision is to become a leading player in the food & beverage retail sector by bringing in world-class brands to the region, stated Shafeena Yusuf All, CEO of Tablez Food Company. “Famous Dave’s food quality, great tasting BBQ and reputation for excellence make them an ideal brand to introduce to UAE. We are proud to be the first to bring a BBQ experience that will delight and exceed the expectations of our guests.”

Famous Dave’s new franchise partners expect to open their first location in Abu Dhabi in 2016. The company continues to actively seek qualified multi-unit franchise partners to introduce and develop the brand in key growth markets.

Famous Dave’s is consistently chosen as America's favorite BBQ restaurant, and their passion for BBQ is famous. Famous Dave’s hand rubs each slab with spices, then slow smokes them in a pit of smoldering hickory like the champion pitmasters in the South. To date, they've won more than 700 awards. Currently, Famous Dave’s has 180 restaurants, including 44 company-owned restaurants and 136 franchise-operated restaurants, located in 34 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and 1 Canadian province.  

About Famous Dave’s

Famous Dave's of America, Inc. develops, owns, operates and franchises barbeque restaurants. As of today, the company owns 44 locations and franchises 136 additional units in 33 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and Canada. Its menu features award-winning barbequed and grilled meats, an ample selection of salads, side items and sandwiches, and unique made-from-scratch desserts.

About Tablez

Tablez Food Company is the F&B arm of the prestigious Lulu International Group LLC; a highly diversified group headlined by the retail division with presence in Imports & Exports, Trading, Shipping, IT, Travel & Tourism and Education in addition to F&B in the present day.

Established in 2010, Tablez Food Company specializes in unique home grown, international and local cuisines as well as partnering with leading franchising concepts with renowned success and exceptional food quality. The company dedicates itself to creativity and innovation by bringing new concepts that offer truly inspiring dining experiences to their guests. Currently, Tablez operates 21 outlets in the region spread across its different concepts of Peppermill, Bloomsbury’s, London Dairy, Cold stone Creamery and Galito’s.  TABLEZ will continue to see a series of new food concept launches in the next two years. For more information, visit

Richard PawlowskiFamous Dave's of America, Inc.

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