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Famous Dave's Reports Third Quarter Earnings Of $0.17 Per Share

MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 27, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) today announced revenue and net income of $38.7 million and $1.5 million, respectively, or $0.17 per diluted share, for the third quarter ended October 3, 2010. This compares to revenue and net income of $33.3 million and $1.2 million, respectively, or $0.13 per diluted share for the comparable period in 2009. For the nine months ended October 3, 2010, the Company had revenue and net income of $112.1 million and $6.7 million, respectively, or $0.76 per diluted share. For the 2009 comparable period, the Company had revenue and net income of $103.4 million and $4.9 million, respectively, or $0.54 per diluted share.

"During the third quarter, a number of strong promotions, combined with continued discipline on cost control, produced improved same store sales and financial results," said Christopher O'Donnell, president and CEO of Famous Dave's. "We experienced year-over-year improvement in all sales levers of our business, including dine-in, catering and to-go."

Same store sales for company-owned restaurants open for 24 months or more increased 2.4 percent during the quarter, an improvement over a negative 6.8 percent for the third quarter of 2009. The comparable sales increase included a weighted average price increase of approximately 1.0 percent. Comparable sales for company-owned restaurants decreased 0.3 percent on a year-to-date basis, compared to a decrease of 7.3 percent for the comparable period in 2009.

Franchise royalty revenue for the third quarter of 2010 totaled $4.0 million, a decrease of 5.4 percent from the comparable period in 2009. The decrease in royalty revenue primarily reflects the impact of lost royalties from eight New York and New Jersey locations, seven of which were purchased by the company in March of this year, partially offset by an increase in comparable sales of 0.7 percent. Franchise royalty revenue on a year-to-date basis totaled $12.2 million, with the year over year decrease of 5.0 percent again reflecting the impact of lost royalties from the New York and New Jersey restaurants acquisition, as well as a decrease of approximately 0.8 percent in comparable sales.

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