Famous Dave's of America was bestowed the coveted "TOP GUN" award for local store marketing excellence in the restaurant industry. Presented by the Neighborhood Marketing Institute at the 9th Annual War College, the award is given each year to the company that best demonstrates outstanding application of the disciplines and protocols of neighborhood marketing. Previous winners include McDonald's Restaurants and The Palm.

"It is a great honor to receive this prestigious award recognizing our marketing initiatives. This award is an added bonus to the increased sales that resulted from our commitment to marketing our restaurants on a local level," stated Martin O'Dowd, President and Chief Executive Officer, Famous Dave's of America.

Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAVE - news) develops, owns, operates and franchises barbeque restaurants and blues clubs. The company currently owns 32 locations and franchises 9 additional units in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Maryland and Virginia. Famous Dave's will be opening three additional company owned units in the Salt Lake City area and in Sterling, Virginia this year. Famous Dave's menu features award-winning, barbecued and grilled meats, an ample selection of salads, side items, sandwiches and unique desserts.

Certain matters discussed within this press release, including timing of the transaction, restaurant openings and expansion plans, may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Although Famous Dave's of America, Inc. believes the expectation 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 defer materially from Famous Dave's expectation include availability of consents, financial performance, restaurant industry conditions, execution of restaurant development and construction programs, changes in local or national economic conditions, availability of financing and other risks detailed from time to time in the company's SEC reports.