Tablez Food Company brings Famous Dave’s of America to UAE
~First overseas expansion of the brand in partnership with Tablez on Arabian shores~
Abu Dhabi: 12th October, 2015 – Tablez Food Company, the F&B division of the retail giant – Lulu International Group, has partnered with Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. (Nasdaq: DAVE) to bring these award-winning legendary pit barbeque restaurants to the Arabian shores of UAE. The agreement represents the first ever expansion for the brand outside of the North American continent.
Tablez Food Company will open two outlets for this premium restaurant in the United Arab Emirates with its locations planned at Abu Dhabi Mall and Dubai Parks and Resorts, Middle East’s largest multi-themed leisure and entertainment destination to cater to UAE’s food connoisseurs in early 2016.
Famous Dave’s is all set to offer award-winning BBQ and grilled meats, a large selection of salads, made-from-scratch sides, authentic American burgers , sandwiches and classic desserts to its UAE guests. The menu items and BBQ technique have been inspired by Famous Dave’s founder, Dave Anderson, who travelled to top American BBQ destinations to curate the best BBQ techniques and recipes, a passion inherited by him from his father. Famous Dave’s has won more than 700 awards in a variety of categories. From “Best Ribs” to “BBQ Sauce” to “Best Cookbook” to “Top Barbeque Restaurant Franchise,” Famous Dave’s takes its ‘que seriously.
“This international franchise expansion plan is an important partnership for the Famous Dave’s and we are thrilled to bring our authentic, award-winning, all-American Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que to the region,” said Adam Wright, Interim CEO of Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. “We are strategically working with the best food and beverage group in the country, to provide to provide our world-class Bar-B-Que dining experience specifically customized for the United Arab Emirates.”
“Our vision is to become a leading player in the food and beverage retail sector by bringing in world-class brands to the region, said Shafeena Yusuff Ali, CEO of Tablez Food Company. “Famous Dave’s food quality, great tasting BBQ and reputation for excellence make them an ideal brand to introduce to UAE food aficionados. We are proud to bring this Bar-B-Que experience to UAE to delight and exceed guest expectations.”
Famous Dave’s has been consistently chosen as America’s favorite BBQ restaurant, and their passion for BBQ is world famous. Famous Dave’s hand rubbed meats with signature sauces and spices, slow-smoked in a pit of smoldering hickory like the champion pit masters from America is a much awaited epicurean treat. For the UAE market, a specially crafted menu, understanding the local palates have been created with a range of meat choices comprising of beef, chicken, lamb and fish that will be cooked in its signature live-wood smokers (a first of its kind in UAE) in addition to the sides and the desserts to cater to the residents and the huge influx of tourists in the country.
In addition to the 700+ awards won by the brand in the last two decades, Famous Dave’s currently boasts of 180 restaurants, including 44 company-owned restaurants and 136 franchise-operated restaurants, located in 33 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and 1 Canadian province.
Tablez Food Company is dedicated to innovation and seeks new concepts, which brings inspiring dining experiences to the region. Famous Dave’s is Tablez’s first and only premium BBQ concept in its portfolio that also includes Peppermill –Colonial Indian restaurant, South Africa’s flame grilled chicken brand Galito’s, Bloomsbury’s Boutique Café & Artisan Bakery and Cold stone Creamery & London Dairy ice cream parlors to name a few.
About Famous Dave’s
Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. develops, owns, operates and franchises barbeque restaurants. As of today, the company owns 46 locations and franchises 136 additional units in 33 states in the U.S., the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and Canada. Its menu features award-winning barbequed and grilled meats, an ample selection of salads, side items and sandwiches, and unique made-from-scratch desserts. For more information, visit famousdaves.com.
About Tablez Food Company
Tablez Food Company is the F&B arm of the prestigious Lulu International Group LLC; a highly diversified group headlined by the retail division with presence in Imports & Exports, Trading, Shipping, IT, Travel & Tourism and Education in addition to F&B in the present day.
Established in 2010, Tablez Food Company specializes in unique home grown, international and local cuisines as well as partnering with leading franchising concepts with renowned success and exceptional food quality. The company dedicates itself to creativity and innovation by bringing new concepts that offer truly inspiring dining experiences to their guests. Currently, Tablez operates 30 outlets in the region spread across its different concepts of Peppermill, Bloomsbury’s, London Dairy, Cold stone Creamery and Galito’s. TABLEZ will continue to see a series of new food concept launches in the next two years. For more information, visit www.tablez.com