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Famous Dave's

Operations

Timing proves to be a curse for Famous Dave's parent

BBQ Holdings closed on two additions to its concept portfolio during Q1--exactly as the pandemic hit.

Operations

Amid pandemic, ghost kitchens get even hotter

Gaining popularity pre-coronavirus, virtual kitchens are seeing increased interest as operators look to make up for lost dine-in revenue.

Famous Dave's received $7.2 million, and sister concept Granite City obtained $5.8 million.

Casual- and family-dining chains are adding premium fried items as new lures, mindful of how well sandwiches have worked for Popeyes and Chick-fil-A.

The acquisition will add two more concepts to BBQ Holdings’ rapidly expanding portfolio.

The barbecue company plans to open restaurants affiliated with the next generation of sauce-slathering stars, beginning with Clark Crew BBQ.

Jim Gilbertson spent seven years in the same capacity for Granite City.

The store is less than half the size of a traditional unit, with an emphasis on the bar and off-premise business.

The prototype for Clark Crew BBQ has opened, the first of several new concepts the company says it will unveil by Jan. 1.

For the first six weeks of Q4, off-premise business has lifted comparable sales for company units by 7%, according to parent BBQ Holdings.

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