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Famous Daves restaurant destroyed by fire

Photo by permission of Sawyer County Record, Hayward, Wisconsin


Up in flames.  Headlines in local papers on November 3 showed the fiery demise of Famous Daves restaurant in Hayward, Wisconsin. Or rather, the demise of a building that housed the restaurant.  The beautiful location of the first and original Famous Daves BBQ was on Round Lake just a few miles from my home.  Since it opened in 1994 I've eaten there numerous times, had relatives who worked there, and been the recipient of the owner's generosity.  

In the 20 years since it's inception Famous Daves has taken on a life of it's own, become a corporation with publicly traded stock and over 190 franchise locations. It has become a local legendary success story because it all started in Hayward, with a dream. Dave Anderson, who owned only the original location which is now in ashes has encouraged employees with plans to start serving his barbecue recipe out of a pole building on his farm if necessary until the restaurant can be rebuilt.  And if he does, I will eat there, for sure.

It was sixteen years ago that Apple Awards began a business relationship with Famous Daves, one that has continued through the years.  Apple Awards owner, Dennis Smith has this to say about that relationship,

"This restaurant has been a customer of ours for 16 of their 20 years.  We want to show our gratitude and condolences to Dave and all their staff and hopefully will be able to find a way that we can give back and help them rebuild and get their employees back to work."

And when they get back to work, serving the best barbecue in northern Wisconsin,  I'm guessing they will still be wearing name tags like this...


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