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Famous Dave’s barbecue suddenly bows out of Richmond, closes three stores

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Posted at 2:25 PM, Dec 29, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-29 14:57:24-05

RICHMOND — Famous Dave’s announced Monday the chain has closed its Richmond restaurants.

The three locations on W. Broad Street, Midlothian Turnpike, and Brook Road are already closed.

The company announced the closures in a press release.

On Twitter people weighed in about employees not being given advance notice, an occurrence that happened two other times recently, when NTelos and then Quaker Steak and Lube shuttered their doors.

The CEO of Famous Dave’s indicated that the closures are part of a strategic financial reevaluation “that will drive the greatest increase in company performance and long-term, per share, shareholder value.”

“Fiscal 2014 marked the beginning of a transition for Famous Dave’s, a process that we expect to continue into 2015,” said Ed Rensi, CEO of Famous Dave’s.”The current leadership team continues to evaluate the performance of our legacy company-owned portfolio as we drive toward a return to positive same store sales and improved unit and company-level profitability, while we actively pursue our re-franchising strategy.

For those craving Famous Dave’s barbecue, the location in Fredricksburg remains open, an employee confirmed over the phone.