Famous Dave’s Franchise

At Famous Dave's, we've got a 50-year obsession with one purpose: To delight Guests with the most enjoyable and authentic BBQ experience possible.

To buy a franchise with Famous Dave’s, you'll need to have at least $300000 in liquid capital and a minimum net worth of $650000.

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Franchisor Details

Incorporated Name: Famous Dave's
Total Units: 151
Year Founded: 1994
Franchising Since: 1997
Home Office: -
Training: Available
Locations Available: See Below*
Franchise Costs

Franchise Costs

Financing: Not Available
Liquid Capital Required: $300,000
Net Worth Required: $650,000
Total Investment: $481,750
Franchise Fee: N/A
Royalty Type: -
Vetern Discount: -

*Famous Dave’s is currently accepting inquiries from the following locations: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Values & History

Famous Dave understands what it's like when the odds are against you. A Native American kid at the bottom half of his high school class, he didn't have a whole lot of opportunities, but he had dreams and perseverance. His goal: create the best BBQ America ever tasted.

BBQ was a passion he caught from his dad, a Southerner working the construction. They always knew where to find the best ribs: the street-corner vendors with their 55-gallon smokers, cooking it up in the tradition of the Deep South. After years of learning all he could about BBQ, he opened the first Famous Dave's in Hayward, WI, in 1994, quickly gaining great popularity.

Industry Performance

Market Demand & Advantage

After two years of preparation, improvements to the operations of our franchise business model, new culinary excellence, new leadership, and an injection of industry-leading technology, we are more excited than ever to share Famous Dave's with new communities across 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.

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.

Training & Support

We will be there every step of the way to identify the best possible locations available in your territory and will also assist with lease negotiations to ensure you have the most favorable of deals possible. You will have a dedicated Construction Director to facilitate this process by helping to create a seamless bridge between the real estate and construction phases.

We will be available to help at every step as you create your shiny new restaurant. We will train your Operating Partner for a minimum of 20 shifts, your General Manager for a minimum of 35 shifts, and two to four other members of your Management Staff for a minimum of 35 shifts.

Ideal Candidate & Qualifications

We're looking for someone who:

  • Has restaurant experience
  • Has strong business acumen
  • Has leadership skills
  • Has passion and loves fun
  • Is multi-unit capable
  • Likes the idea of having their business spotlighted in the media

Purchasing a Famous Dave's Franchise

Initial Franchise Fee: $45,000. Net worth: $650,000. Total Investment: $481,750. Liquid Capital: $300,000.

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.

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