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Biggest name in Minnesota barbecue, Famous Dave's, is bought by Canadian firm for $200M


August 10, 2022

Anthony Souffle | Star Tribune

Famous Dave's CEO Jeff Crivello, left, and founder Dave Anderson in a 2019 photo. The company was sold Tuesday to MTY Food Group, a Canadian franchiser with a portfolio of more than 80 restaurant brands.

Minnesota's most famous barbecue chain is going Canadian.

Montreal-based MTY Food Group Inc. is buying the company that owns the Famous Dave's barbecue chain in a $200 million deal announced Tuesday.

BBQ Holdings Chief Executive Jeff Crivello said the Minnetonka corporate office and its 75 employees will remain and he expects to stay on in his role.


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