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Famous Dave's Expands Burger Selections With a Twist: Announcing the New Smokehouse Brisket Burgers

MINNEAPOLIS, May 2, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) has taken their already delicious burger and blended in their Famous slow-smoked brisket to create a new line of five Smokehouse Brisket Burgers. And, to commemorate this introduction, five lucky burger lovers will win a free burger each week for a year (www.freeburgersforayear.com) as part of the Brisket Burger promotion.

The new line-up of half-pound Smokehouse Brisket Burgers includes the Smokin' Hot Brisket Burger (house-smoked cheddar cheese and thick-sliced jalapeno bacon strips); Smokehouse Bacon Brisket Burger (crispy bacon and Jack cheese); Smoked Cheddar Brisket Burger (real house-smoked cheddar cheese); Famous Brisket Burger (juicy brisket burger); and Jacked-N-Stacked Brisket Burger (crispy onion rings, jack cheese piled high on juicy brisket burger). In addition to the five Smokehouse Brisket Burgers, the promotion also features a Smokehouse Chips appetizer – fresh-made BBQ chips layered with creamy cheddar sauce and topped with jalapeno bacon, diced tomatoes and house-smoked cheddar cheese.

"Famous Dave's has always been known for award-winning BBQ and beer, but our guests also rave about the burgers on our menu. In response to feedback from guests, we created a new line of burgers with a twist: combining our high quality 100% ground beef, blended with our popular slow-smoked Texas beef brisket, making it the most tender and juiciest burger we've ever encountered. The grilled patty is placed on a perfectly toasted ciabatta bun, served with house-made Smoky Chipotle Ketchup, Hell-Fire Pickles, and choice of a side dish," said Famous Dave's Vice President of Marketing and Research & Development, Aric Nissen. "We also created the 'Win a Burger-A-Week' promotion, where five guests will win a burger a week for a year. The details are found at www.freeburgersforayear.com." The Smokehouse Brisket Burgers will be served at Famous Dave's through June 10, 2012.

In other Company News, Famous Dave's took home several top honors on April 22 at the "Pork in the Park" competition held in Salisbury, MD. The event draws top competition teams from around the nation and over 35,000 attendees. It is billed as the largest BBQ competition on the East Coast and the 2nd  largest Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) Competition in the nation. This marks the first time Famous Dave's has competed in this event. Famous Dave's competition team was awarded first place prize and a $1000 check for "Whole Hog" and first place prize and a $1000 check for "Best Pork Shoulder." The BBQ is judged by a "blind" panel of KCBS certified judges who are BBQ experts, so the judges have no idea whose lip smackin' BBQ they are rating. The "Pork in the Park" event was also attended by thousands of BBQ lovers who sampled the numerous BBQ vendors' specialties and voted for their favorites, honoring Famous Dave's with a "People's Choice" award. 

About Famous Dave's

Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) develops, owns, operates and franchises barbeque restaurants. As of the first quarter 2012 earnings release on 4/25/2012, the company owns 53 locations and franchises 133 additional units in 35 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 600 awards for everything from "Best Ribs" to "Best Bar-B-Que Sauce" to "Best Cookbook" to "Top Barbeque Restaurant Franchise." Select territories are available for franchising. 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.

Note to Editors: Contact Jean Golden at 612-385-2324 or jean@goldenpublicity.com for interviews, photography and other requests.

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