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Famous Dave's

Financing

Landry’s flips some of the restaurants it just bought

The operations were sold on the brink of being closed to multiconcept operator and Famous Dave’s franchisee Ascend.

Food

Famous Dave’s tests faux meats

The barbecue ribs concept is trying four plant-based dishes that are traditionally made with beef or other animal proteins.

The company changed its name to accommodate the launch of Clark Crew BBQ.

The barbecue chain says to-go comps at company stores rose 6.8%, holding the decline in overall same-store sales to 0.8%. Franchisees' domestic comps rose 0.7%.

The chain's to-go and catering business has surged, while dine-in business has fallen.

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The chain is replacing an existing unit with a fast-casual model, and many others could follow if it works, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

But sales at franchised locations continue to slump as the barbecue chain seeks to boost its off-premise operations.

Coming off a major new menu change, the barbecue chain looks for new ways to boost revenue.

The funding comes in part from the parent of Google.

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