Famous Dave's

What Does a Famous Dave's Franchise Cost?

Cash Required:$750,000
Net Worth Required:$1,500,000
Total Investment:$812,000 - $2,500,000

Franchisor Details

Total Units:151
Year Founded:1994
Franchising Since:1997


Famous Dave’s is the longest running backyard BBQ party in America! Almost five decades ago, Famous Dave’s Founder, “Famous” Dave Anderson, began his 20 year journey to perfect his sauce recipes, rubs, and cooking methods before opening his first restaurant in 1994. One year later, Famous Dave’s earned a blue ribbon in the “Best BBQ Sauce in America” contest at the American Royal International Barbeque Contest. Today, we’re a publicly traded company (NASDAQ:DAVE) with more than 130 units across 32 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, and the UAE.

Famous Dave’s is a flex-service, casual dining establishment that serves award winning BBQ (brisket, ribs, chicken, and pork), burgers, sandwiches, salads, homemade desserts, and much more. We take a traditionally regionalized category and package it in a way that is appealing on a national level. This means that the region in which you open your Famous Dave’s location will have an effect on the different kinds of BBQ sauces, rubs, and cooking methods (i.e. South Carolina - mustard sauce, North Carolina - vinegar sauce, Memphis - dry rub, etc.). These different styles and methods have been incorporated into a menu that provides cravable, award-winning offerings, all in one place.

Why You'll Love Famous Dave's:

With new leadership, new revenue streams, new business model flexibility and Franchise Owners with restaurants that generate up to $6 million in revenue*, there’s never been a better team to join the Famous Dave’s brand.

Here’s a few more reasons why our Franchise Owners love owning a Famous Dave’s BBQ franchise:

FAMOUS REVENUES: With a bolstered executive and support team, new flexibility in our business models and additional revenue streams like 3rd party delivery, we are proud to say our average unit volume is $2.5 million!

FAMOUS BRAND STORY: Famous Dave’s was one of the few and first BBQ franchise opportunities to scale nationally, founded by the passionate Pitmaster extraordinaire Famous Dave Anderson. Our story, heritage and passion is something that started with Dave and continues to spread throughout our Franchise Owners and our loyal fans the country, and something that new Franchise Owners can capitalize on from day one.

FAMOUS FLEXIBILITY: With new model rollouts, Famous Dave’s ability to work in either a QSR or full service format and both large and small footprints also offers Franchise Owners unparalleled flexibility to tailor their BBQ franchise model in a way that fits their markets.

FAMOUS ‘QUE: Our Franchise Owners all share one belief - that the Famous Dave’s BBQ is second-to-none. Providing your community with a superior product and experience is something that brings great pride and joy to our Owners.

Are You Someone Who:

We are looking to partner with Franchise Owners who are hungry to succeed, grow into multiple locations, become leaders in their communities and who will take pride in playing their part in building the biggest, best (and most fun!) brand of its kind.

Having experience in restaurants, food service or retail is an advantage, but not critical to being approved as a new Famous Dave’s Franchise Owner.

So what are we really looking for when we are evaluating potential Franchise Owners?

  • Restaurant Experience
  • Strong Business Acumen
  • Leadership Skills
  • Passion & Fun
  • Multi-Unit Capable


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