2020 is a year of trends, be it Tik Tok videos, cut off jeans, or Peleton. Here at Famous Dave’s, we like to stay on top of what’s “in,” especially when it comes to food. You may have heard that we recently became the first BBQ franchise to offer plant-based options on our menu! Nowadays, it’s seeming like chicken sandwiches are what the people want, as we’ve seen with the recent “hype” surrounding the Popeye’s chicken sandwich. Well, ask, and you shall receive… introducing the Famous Dave’s chicken sandwich! A recent article from the Star Tribune highlighted our QSR franchise’s most recent menu change!

While we’re traditionally known for our barbeque here at Famous Dave’s, we’ve always been known to fry up some chicken. Our new chicken sandwich represents the fourth chicken item on our menu. “We’ve always had chicken, but not enough people know about it,” says Dave Anderson, the Founder of our QSR franchise. “I hold my chicken up against Popeyes, KFC, and Chick-fil-A, and mine is the tastiest sandwich of all.” Dave’s boldness complements the bold flavor of our recipe, coined the Iris’ Comeback Chicken Sandwich after Dave’s mother. It consists of deep-fried chicken on a brioche bun, our signature spicy-sweet pickles and comeback sauce, a tangy mayo, ketchup, and Worcestershire blend. We’ll let you be the judge, but we’re confident our conveniently priced $5 chicken sandwich will blow your mind! 

The sandwich represents more than just a new menu item, however. It allows our brand to further cater to the needs of every type of consumer. This not only brings more customers in our doors but allows the potential for higher profits for our Franchise Owners. This fits ideally with our new modified restaurant model, which has a smaller footprint and is designed at offering a more convenient dining experience for those looking to dine quickly or order their food to go. Additionally, we will begin to implement tabletop and kiosk ordering to appeal to the younger demographic. The constant awareness we put towards innovation allows our Franchise Owners to have a competitive advantage over other restaurant franchises and to get more people in their doors! In 2019, our average unit volume was $2.5 million, with 40 percent of our restaurants bringing in more than that annually. Our best performing restaurant grossed 6.3 million!

While adapting to trends may seem a bit overwhelming for a business owner, our Franchise Owners are genuinely passionate about what they do and enjoy every minute of owning a QSR franchise with Famous Dave’s. They have an ideal work/life balance, allowing them to spend more time with their families and take time off when they need it. At the same time, our Franchise Owners have a strong corporate support team behind them at all times, led by Pat Naughton, who has over 18 years of experience! Our team helps our Franchise Owners through every step of the franchising process. This includes training new employees, pushing marketing efforts, and making sure every Famous Dave’s Franchise Owner is successful. Additionally, our model is very scalable, allowing our Franchise Owners unparalleled flexibility to tailor their BBQ franchise model in a way that fits their markets. 

When you decide to open a QSR franchise with Famous Dave’s, you’re doing more than just partaking in another business venture. You’re getting your name out there in your community and to barbeque enthusiasts across the nation! Our Founder Dave Anderson and the entire Famous Dave’s brand are known across the country for having some of the best barbeque out there, and we’ve won over 700 awards for it! Take a look at Facebook to see our 382,000 followers and over 407,000 likes or on Yelp, where we have a 3.5-star rating with over 500 reviews! With Famous Dave’s, you’re buying into more than just a restaurant. You’re buying into a brand, and you will become known for bringing our award-winning barbecue to people in your community! 

As we celebrate the launch of our new chicken sandwich, it marks an important milestone in Famous Dave’s history. It proves that our brand can compete with restaurants outside of just the barbecue industry and that our constant innovation helps to put our brand on top. As we move further into 2020, we’re looking to rely on Franchise Owners to spread the story of our QSR Franchise. 

If you’d like to bring America’s most award-winning restaurant to your community, visit our franchising site today!




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