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1. How do I know if my territory is available?

Once you complete our form, a franchise development representative will reach out to you to give you a more precise understanding of what territories are available within your community.

2. What backgrounds/skills are you looking for in a new Famous Dave's Franchise Owner?

We are seeking individuals who share our passion for great BBQ and will be ambassadors of the Famous Dave’s Brand. Prospective Franchise Owners should share our vision for providing an industry-leading product and understand the importance that exceptional service plays in the success of a business. We want to partner with Franchise Owners who are hungry to succeed, grow into multiple locations, become leaders in their communities and who will take pride in playing their part in building the best (and most fun!) brand of its kind.

3. What is the cost to open a Famous Dave's?

The total initial investment to open a Famous Dave’s depends on the model:

Full Service: 
$1,316,250 – $2,920,750

Flex Service:
$1,330,750 – $2,670,750

Counter Service:
$735,750 – $1,525,750

Line Service:
$481,750 – $1,060,750

4. What is the Franchise Fee?

$45,000 for a single unit. We also offer discounted three and five-unit franchise fees to select candidates. The franchise fee for an add on ghost or cloud kitchen is $10,000.

5. How much can I make?

We are proud of our industry-leading unit economics and look forward to discussing those with you. After completing our Questionnaire and demonstrating financial qualifications to own a franchise, we will then provide you with our Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) which contains more detailed financial statements and performance of our Franchise Owners.

Click HERE to access the Questionnaire.

6. How do I find real estate for my new Famous Dave's?
Our Real Estate Team will work with you to find the perfect site, negotiate a lease, and get your new Famous Dave’s up and running.
7. What Kind of Support is provided?
Famous Dave’s offers Franchise Owners the following types of support:

• Real Estate Selection
• Construction
• Initial Training
• On-Going operational support
• Accounting and financial coaching
• Annual Meetings
• Periodic site visits

8. Are There Ongoing Fees Paid?

Yes, Franchise Owners in the Famous Dave’s system contribute a monthly royalty of 5% of sales and 1% of your revenue goes toward marketing fees. The fee entitles you to continued use of the Famous Dave’s name and trademarks, access to our operating systems, new product development, ongoing business consulting and other benefits the come along with being in the Famous Dave’s family.

9. Where do Famous Dave's locations work best?

We have specific trade area dynamics that we follow in finding a successful location:

Regional retail corridor with regional mall, lifestyle center, and/or multiple retail centers
Strong anchor mix: Target, Kohl’s, Costco, Home Depot, Lowe’s, etc.
Presence of national casual dining brands in retail corridor
Movie Theater (multi-screen with first-run movies)
University or College campus within 5 miles
Hospital or healthcare corridor within 5 miles
Office/business park within 5-miles

10. How long will it take to open my first store?

There are a number of variables here, including type of store, the length of the lease negotiation process and permitting processes, but on average it takes about 9 to 12 months from the date of franchise awarded to doors open.

11. How many employees will I need to run my restaurant?

Depending on the volume and model, Franchise Owners will need 30 to 60 employees. Team members with some full service or casual dining experience is a plus, but not a requirement. The team is built out with Hosts/Hostesses, to-go service, servers, bartenders, catering team members, dishwasher/utility team members, prep cooks, and line cooks.

12. Do I qualify for the discovery process?

Fill out the Info Form below and we will be in touch shortly to follow up. Best of luck!

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