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Famous Dave's(R) "Wilbur's Revenge" BBQ Team Smokes It As A Top 50 Finalist At Sam's Club(R) $500,000 National BBQ Tour And Takes 1st Place In Tyson's(R) "Best Wing On The Planet" Category

MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 16, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In one of the biggest BBQ challenges in the world, Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) "Wilbur's Revenge" BBQ Team placed in the top 50 teams, out of 677 teams competing for the prestigious honor of taking part in the contest . The Sam's Club ® National BBQ Tour Championship took place on October 12 & 13 in Bentonville, Arkansas, and is a Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctioned event, considered to be one of the largest on record with over $150,000 in cash prizes, with a total of $500,000 given out during the entire competition. In addition to taking honors as a top 50 finalist, Famous Dave's ® also took home top honors in the Tyson's ® "Best Wing on the Planet" category.

The Wilbur's Revenge Competition BBQ Team is led by David Marks, a long-time BBQ enthusiast and Famous Dave's ® franchisee based out of Philadelphia, PA. David Marks commented, "It is a truly an honor to be among the top 50 BBQ teams in the nation. We are very excited about winning Tyson's ® 'Best Wing on the Planet' contest against the top 50 BBQ teams in the country. Leading up to the event in Bentonville, over 677 teams competed to be part of this competition – to be named among the elite in BBQ is humbling. As a franchisee of Famous Dave's ®, my team and I are proud to be part of this amazing BBQ family."

Founder Famous Dave Anderson said, "It was quite a sight to watch the elite of the barbecue world compete for top prizes! Just being able to smell the incredible aromas coming out of those 50 wood smoking pits made me think I was in Hog Heaven! I was extremely proud when David Marks' team 'Wilbur's Revenge' won Tyson's ® 'Best Wing on the Planet.' Both Sam's Club ® and KCBS need to be congratulated for their efforts to promote America's favorite pastime—Real Pit Barbecue."

About Famous Dave's Legendary Pit BBQ

Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) is proud to be the world's most successful BBQ franchise, selling more BBQ than any other restaurant franchise. Famous Dave's best-selling BBQ has won more than 600 awards for everything from Best Ribs to Best BBQ Sauce to Top Barbeque Restaurant Franchise. Famous Dave's is passionate about BBQ excellence, slow-cooking the BBQ on-site for hours over smoldering hickory wood in authentic pit smokers. The menu features scratch-recipe cookin' and in addition to the award-winning barbequed and grilled meats and chicken, guests can enjoy a large selection of salads, side items and sandwiches, and home-baked desserts. The company owns 53 locations and franchises 133 additional units in 35 states and one Canadian province (as of the second quarter fiscal 2012 earnings release dated 7/25/12). Select territories are available for franchising. For more information, visit www.famousdaves.com . Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/famousdaves .

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Safe Harbor Statement

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.
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