Famous Dave’s of America (NASDAQ:DAVE) opened its sixth restaurant in the Chicagoland area Monday, August 21, 2000 in North Riverside, Illinois. This opening is Illinois’ first introduction of Famous Dave’s shack-style restaurant. The shack concept offers the same award-winning food and service that Chicagoans have come to expect, in an atmosphere that features nostalgically themed rooms.

“Introducing our shack-style concept into a key area like North Riverside allows us to meet the demands of the Chicago market better than ever. With two additional openings in the suburbs coming later this year, Chicagoans throughout the metropolitan area will be able to more conveniently enjoy our great food, service and atmosphere,” stated Martin O’Dowd, President and Chief Executive Officer, Famous Dave’s of America.

Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. (NASDAQ:DAVE) develops, owns, operates and franchises barbeque restaurants and blues clubs. The company currently owns 30 locations and franchises 7 additional units in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Maryland and Virginia. Its menu features award-winning, barbecued and grilled meats, an ample selection of salads, side items, sandwiches and unique desserts. Famous Dave’s currently has locations in Naperville, Addison, Vernon Hills, Lombard and a Ribs N’ Blues Club in downtown Chicago.

Certain matters discussed within this press release, including statements regarding new restaurant sites, 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 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.