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 150 units in across 32 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, and the UAE.
To buy a franchise with Famous Dave's, you'll need to have at least $300,000 in liquid capital and a minimum net worth of $650,000. Franchisees can expect to make a total investment of at least $481,750. *
Why invest in a typical restaurant franchise when you can own one that’s FAMOUS? Owning a Famous Dave’s BBQ franchise means being part of a national brand, complete with the level of world-class support you’d expect from America’s most FAMOUS BBQ franchise! Famous Dave’s is a SMOKIN’ HOT Franchise Opportunity- Here’s Why:
Investing in a Famous Dave’s BBQ means owning a restaurant that’s already beloved by fans all across America. Our signature BBQ meats and scratch-made sides, not to mention our casual, family-friendly atmosphere, have made us a hit all over the country.
Imagine trading that corporate 9-5 job in for a fun and lucrative career where you’re surrounded by BBQ ALL. DAY. LONG. Owning your own Famous Dave’s franchise means investing in a business where you get to bring great food and atmosphere to the fans in your community. Here are some of our Franchise Partners’ favorite things about operating their local Famous Dave’s BBQ:
Aside from our mouthwatering BBQ and fresh-made sides, our Franchise Partners are the true secret ingredient in the recipe for our success. Because of this, we’re highly selective when it comes to awarding franchise opportunities. Think you’ve got what it takes to become a Famous Dave’s Franchise Partner?
Famous Dave's is deeply rooted in a love-affair with BBQ, a passion Founder “Famous Dave” Anderson caught from his dad, a Southern BBQ lover who lived in a street-corner barrel-smoker world.
A Chicago native, Dave spent much of his youth traveling with his father to some of the Windy City's best BBQ joints. Dave’s shared passion for BBQ with his father soon turned into a goal: to serve the best BBQ America has ever tasted! After spending 20 years perfecting his sauce recipes, rubs, and methods, Dave opened his first BBQ restaurant in 1994, on Round Lake in Hayward, WI.
In 1995, Famous Dave's earned a blue ribbon in the 'Best BBQ Sauce in America' contest at the American Royal International Barbeque Contest. Dave also opened his second location that year, a “shack” style location in the Linden Hills neighborhood of Minneapolis.
In 1996, with four restaurants, Famous Dave’s became a publicly traded company (NASDAQ:DAVE), sparking tremendous interest in the franchising space. Famous Dave’s franchised its first BBQ restaurant in 1997. Since then, the company has grown to more than 150 units in 32 States, as well as restaurants in Puerto Rico, Canada, and the United Arab Emirates.
Dave may have set out to create the best BBQ restaurant in America, but he never anticipated it might one day grow to over 150 units and counting. Today, Famous Dave’s BBQ is a beloved restaurant franchise in cities across the country, and is in position to experience significant growth in coming years. With newer QSR, flex, line, and counter-service models in addition to our traditional full-service restaurant model, Famous Dave’s is now poised to satisfy BBQ cravings in any size market!
Famous Dave’s BBQ prides itself on equipping Franchise Partners with the tools they need to succeed in their market every step of the way. From initial training to ongoing field support, our Corporate team creates a strong support network to facilitate growth and ongoing success in all our Franchise Partners’ locations while giving them the confidence and peace of mind they need to achieve their entrepreneurial goals.
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Interested parties should have at least $300,000 in liquid capital to invest.