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Famous Dave’s launching express models

Famous Dave’s, a 134-unit barbeque concept owned by BBQ Holding’s, is bringing its counter and line-serve “Quick ‘Que” prototypes to Las Vegas and Salt Lake City.

The Las Vegas location — a line-serve model — will open in June at 4480 Paradise Road, just a few blocks from the Las Vegas Strip. The Salt Lake City restaurant — a counter-serve model with a drive-thru — will also open in June, but at 2435 South State St.

Both restaurant models have small footprints with the goal of a quicker experience for guests and a more cost-effective business for operators, Jeff Crivello, BBQ Holding’s CEO, said in a company press release.

“The Quick ‘Que model is a huge leap forward for us,” he said. “A year after the arrival of COVID, we’re proud to continue finding new ways to evolve and better serve both our customers and our franchisees. The Quick ‘Que model is a prime example of that effort. Not only will this model provide a more convenient experience for customers without compromising the quality of the food, but its build-out should also prove to be more affordable and profitable for franchisees. We expect to open 5 new Famous Dave’s Quick ‘Que locations in 2021.”

Alejandro Orozco, who operates 10 Famous Dave’s, will own the Vegas unit, while franchise partners, Elaina Morris Herber and Paul Herber, who operate seven Famous Dave’s locations, will run the Utah store.

“Both franchise groups are well equipped to be successful and bring these new restaurants to life,” Crivello said. “We are thrilled to have these partners introducing Quick ‘Que to Famous Dave’s fans in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas.”

BBQ Holdings has four brands with 145 brick-and-mortar locations in 31 states and three countries, including 47 company-owned and 98 franchise-operated restaurants. It also has seven Famous Dave’s ghost kitchens operating within its Granite City locations, as well as seven Famous Dave’s franchisee ghost kitchens operating out of the kitchen of another restaurant location or a shared kitchen space.