Famous Dave's Franchise

Barbecue-themed restaurant


Famous Dave's is a "specialty" casual dining restaurant franchise, creating environments that transcend current restaurant offerings by serving the highest quality, flavor-intense foods in surroundings that are stimulating, interesting and fun! Famous Dave's is more than a restaurant - it's an escape from the ordinary.

Few restaurants in history have achieved as much recognition in a few short years as Famous Dave's!

Dave's road to fame began with a strong hankerin' for fine barbecue and a stronger desire to make the finest slow-smoked barbecue folks had ever tasted. He visited rib shacks, roadside joints, every hole-in-the-wall or fancy pants supper club he could, all in search of the most succulent meats, savory seasonings and lipsmackin' sauces around.

After 25 years of tastin' and cookin', Dave's barbecue just plain knocked the socks off his family and friends. That's when Dave decided he had to share. He wanted to give all the folks a chance to dig into the best barbecue ever. And in a place as down-home fun and frolicsome as the shacks and clubs he went a callin' on all those years.

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How much does it cost to open a Famous Dave's Franchise?

The estimated investment required to open a Famous Dave's Franchise is between $811,750-$4,125,750. There is an initial franchise fee of $45,000 which grants you the license to run a business under the Famous Dave's name.

Individual Unit Costs

  • Initial Investment:
    $811,750-$4,125,750
  • Initial Franchise Fee:
    $45,000
  • Royalty Fee:
    5%
  • Advertising Fee:
    1%Nat'l + 1.5% local
  • Term of Agreement:
    20 years
  • Renewal Fee:
    50% of then-current fee



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Famous Dave's News & Press Releases

When did the first Famous Dave's open? 1995
When did Famous Dave's start Franchising? 1998

Year U.S.A. Canada International Corporate
2011 131 0 0 52
2005 71 0 0 38
2004 58 0 0 38
2003 43 0 0 43
2002 27 0 0 37
2001 19 0 0 37
Year U.S.A.
2011 131
2005 71
2004 58
2003 43
2002 27
2001 19
Year Canada
2011 0
2005 0
2004 0
2003 0
2002 0
2001 0
Year International
2011 0
2005 0
2004 0
2003 0
2002 0
2001 0
Year Corporate
2011 52
2005 38
2004 38
2003 43
2002 37
2001 37

United States: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Mississippi, North Carolina, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Washington,

Expense In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee No No
Startup Costs No No
Equipment No Yes
Inventory No No
Accounts Receivable No No
Payroll No No

Support
Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives

Marketing
Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, Regional advertising

Franchisees required to buy multiple units/master licenses; 84% of all franchisees own more than one unit

Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 65

Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (97% of current franchisees are owner/operators)

Business Experience:

  • Prefer Ownership/management experience in full service, casual dining restaurants, in or near the desired territories.
  • Multi unit experience is a big plus.
  • Single units will be considered depending on market conditions, demographics and other criteria.
  • If Area Development Agreement is chosen, minimum of three units required to be developed.
  • Minimum LIQUID net worth of $750,000.
  • Minimum per unit development costs could range from approx $900,000 to $4,000,000.
  • Proven commitment to customer service and quality food.

  • To calculate how much income a franchise owner can do at Famous Dave's Franchise, may vary on factors like location, size etc., On the other side as a business owner your goals to maintain the quality of service while streaming sales high and expenses low. As any other franchise may include rent/mortgage, staffing/family, inventory supplies, utilities, administrative costs vise vera. Location to location and seasons the months costs may vary. Most franchises start up costs are typically fixed and they will cover most of the initial operating costs like signage, furniture, decoration and renovations.

     
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    Famous Dave's

    Famous Dave's

    Famous Dave's
    12701 Whitewater Drive # 200
    Minnetonka, MN
    55343

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