Famous Dave’s Parent Hires Global Development Expert to Lead Franchising

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Famous Dave’s parent company hired an international development expert to lead its franchising and real estate department.

Minnesota-based BBQ Holdings this week named Manny Packing as the new vice president of franchise sales and real estate. Packing, who has over two decades of experience in the restaurant industry, was most recently director of international real estate and construction for Inspire Brands. Prior to that, he held similar roles with Buffalo Wild Wings, Pinkberry, and Yum Brands.

“The restaurant space is constantly evolving, especially today, and with over two decades of experience in the industry, I look forward to leveraging my expertise to help extend Famous Dave’s footprint to across the United States and the world, ”Packing said in a statement.

BBQ owns six concepts representing 296 locations in three countries. About three quarters of these restaurants are franchised. The company recently acquired the Village Inn and Bakers Square chains and said it was looking for more brands.

“The BBQ Holdings portfolio is growing rapidly and we are proud to have a seasoned industry veteran like Manny to guide our growth,” CEO Jeff Crivello said in a statement. “Manny will help us match up with the right candidates as we expand our footprint across the country and take our brand to the next level.”

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