Famous Dave's pairs up with a Texas T-Bone

A single restaurant in Colorado features the menus of both brands.
Photograph courtesy of Famous Dave's

The parent of the Famous Dave’s barbecue chain is testing yet another development option by allowing a franchisee to incorporate elements of a Famous Dave’s into a Texas T-Bone Steakhouse.

Dine-in customers can order off either concept’s menu at the Texas T-bone location in Colorado Springs, Colo. The restaurant is one of three Texas T-Bone branches. The restaurant is operated by a new franchisee of Famous Dave’s, Dave Crimmins.

It was not clear if the restaurant will actually be divided into a Famous Dave’s and a Texas T-Bone, the usual dual-branding model. Online materials show a Texas T-Bone that sports a Famous Dave’s menu. Unlike a virtual-restaurant arrangement, where a brick-and-mortar facility prepares items under a separate brand name solely for delivery, the Texas T-Bone-Famous Dave’s combo will offer the barbecue concept’s menu for dine-in service, according to a spokesperson. He calls it an actual two-in-one restaurant.

The venture is the latest in a slew of initiatives from Famous Dave’s parent, BBQ Holdings, to rejuvenate the barbecue concept and arm the company with new development options. During 2020, BBQ has acquired 18-unit Granite City Brewery and the limited-service Real Urban BBQ concept. It has also started using a Johnny Carino’s restaurant on the West Coast as a ghost kitchen for the preparation of Famous Dave’s fare for delivery and takeout. It has a similar relationship with a Cloud Kitchen facility in Chicago.

It is also experimenting with smaller-sized Famous Dave's formats.

BBQ Holdings, formerly known as Famous Dave's of America, had been struggling with a steep downturn in sales and traffic prior to the pandemic. The crisis worsened its situation by forcing dining rooms to close.



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