Famous Dave’s BBQ redefines fast casual dining with first drive-thru location

The Salt Lake City-area drive-thru will open March 7, committing to the QSR model for a faster, more convenient experience for customers.

Famous Dave's BBQ redefines fast casual dining with first drive-thru locationMinnetonka, Minnesota (RestaurantNews.com) Famous Dave, the fast-growing barbecue franchise with 134 restaurants in markets across the country, is redefining fast casual dining with its first drive-thru model. “Quick ‘Que,” a drive-thru with counter service also offered, opens in South Salt Lake, Utah on March 7.

Amid casual dining businesses plunging their feet into the QSR pond with drive-thru/restaurant hybrids, Famous Dave’s has fully committed to the quick-service model with this new store, transforming a former KFC location into a drive-thru experience from America’s most award-winning barbecue brand.

“The Quick’ Que model has been a huge leap forward for us, and nearly two years after COVID hit, we’re proud to continue to find new ways to scale and serve our Famous food the way most convenient,” said Jeff Crivello. , CEO of BBQ Holdings. “The addition of the drive-thru model is a great example of this effort.”

Famous Dave’s first location to offer drive-thru is at 2435 South State Street in South Salt Lake, Utah. Crivello says drive-thru has traditionally performed better in the fast-food space, but as the FSR industry continues to change post-pandemic, the added level of convenience is becoming a necessity across all segments.

This new location will be opened and operated by franchise partners Olympic BBQ, an Ascend Hospitality Group (AHG) company, which operates six other Famous Dave’s locations, two of which are in Utah.

“We are committed to delivering a true QSR experience; we purchased and converted a former KFC site for this reason,” said Elaina Morris, CEO and President of AHG. “The Quick’ Que drive-thru model will allow us to reach more customers while providing them with a faster, more comfortable experience with the quality and flavors they love and expect from Famous Dave’s.”

The Quick ‘Que drive-thru menu is designed to be convenient and quick without sacrificing quality, with optimized offerings in express-friendly categories from ‘Que Meals, Sandwiches, Entrees, Feasts and Meats by the Pound. The menu also features new items not available at FSR locations, including the Jalapeno-Cheddar Sausage Hoagie, Brisket French Dip Sandwich, a ?? a greater variety of BBQ Bowls and desserts such as Mini Donuts and Peach Cobbler.

“South Salt Lake, and the greater Salt Lake City area, is such a vibrant community, and there’s a huge demand for high-quality barbecue,” Morris added. “We couldn’t be more excited to introduce this innovative new model to our fans.”

About BBQ Holdings

BBQ Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBQ) is a national restaurant company engaged in the franchising, ownership and operation of casual and fast food restaurants. As of November 10, 2021, BBQ Holdings had seven brands with 303 locations in three countries, including 89 company-owned locations and 214 franchise locations. In addition to these locations, the Company has opened eight company-owned Famous Dave shadow kitchens operating in its Granite City locations, and 20 Famous Dave franchisee shadow kitchens operating from the kitchen of another restaurant or restaurant. a shared kitchen space. As BBQ Holdings continues to diversify its ownership into the restaurant community, it was founded with the principle of combining the “art and science” of barbecue to serve the best of the best to barbecue enthusiasts around the world. In addition to a wide variety of barbecue specialties served in their barbecue restaurants, BBQ Holdings also operates Granite City Food and Brewery restaurants which offer award-winning craft beer and a menu prepared from scratch and led by a chef offering a contemporary American kitchen. Village Inn and Bakers Square add a legendary element of family dining to BBQ Holdings, with these concepts specializing in breakfast and pies. Tahoe Joe’s, the company’s newest addition, is known for its pellet-cooked and smoked infused steak.

About Ascend Hotel Group

Ascend Hospitality Group (AHG) is a Black and women-led, locally owned, independent restaurant group based in Bellevue, Washington. The company is a collection of concepts from fine dining to fast-casual, including the Olympic BBQ Famous Dave’s BBQ franchise, and proudly employs more than 500 people in Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Utah. Committed to uplifting the communities it serves, AHG fully invests in its team members and guests to take service to the next level. www.ascendhg.com.

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