Famous Dave's Franchisor to Open 25 Dual Concept Locations

Anna Wolfe
Senior Editor - Restaurants
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Famous Dave's recently signed a 25-unit development agreement with Bluestone Hospitality Group to open both Famous Dave’s ghost kitchens and dual restaurant concepts with the group’s Italian brand, Johnny Carino’s.

Bluestone Hospitality Group, led by restaurateur Allan Gantes, franchises with brands including Burger King, On the Border, Popeye’s and Hilton Hotels, and owns and manages brands like Johnny Carino’s.

The Gantes family started their relationship with Famous Dave’s in 2005, recognizing the strong potential of the brand’s consistently award-winning BBQ. Now, in 2020 the Gantes are pushing forward to help Famous Dave’s expand over the next two years.

“Our first motivator to invest in Famous Dave’s ghost kitchens was its award-winning food and its ability to travel well and taste great when delivered to our customers,” said Gantes. “Couple that with the Famous Dave’s leadership team who understands the importance of evolving in light of changing consumer preferences, and we saw a formula for success to enhance our existing restaurant footprint. It’s a period of unprecedented change in the industry, and demand for off-premises sales has dramatically increased.”

Demand for Drive-Thru

Famous Dave’s is also looking to implement a drive-thru while it focuses on improving current locations and growing into new territories. Consumer demand for drive-thru has spurred QSR and fast casual brands to revisit their store development plans, adding drive-thrus and contactless pickup options to their new designs.

“Given the resiliency of the Famous Dave's brand throughout the pandemic, we’re more focused now than ever before on continuing to grow and enter new markets," said Famous Dave’s CEO Jeff Crivello. “We’re thrilled to continue developing our ghost kitchens as we look for ways to innovate to better serve our customers.”