‘Famous Dave’ Anderson Rejoins BBQ Chain That Bears His Name
MINNETONKA (AP) — "Famous Dave" Anderson has rejoined the struggling barbecue restaurant chain that bears his name.
Minnetonka-based Famous Dave's of America Inc. says Anderson has returned to the company after a reorganization of the board of directors and executive management team. Interim CEO Adam Wright says Anderson will help rebuild the company's culture and improve the guest experience.
Anderson opened his first restaurant in Hayward, Wisconsin, in 1994. He resigned as chairman in 2004 to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs under President George W. Bush, and later returned to the company as a spokesman. He resigned last year, citing differences with the management team in place at the time, which has since been revamped.
The company has 44 restaurants and 136 franchise units in 33 states, plus Puerto Rico and Canada.