Casual commentary about political, cultural and economic issues with a particular interest on the city of Winnipeg by John Dobbin
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Famous Dave's Opens at Reenders Square
Reenders Square circa 2009, now home to Famous Dave's
Winnipeggers have waited a long time but Famous Dave's opened this week at Reenders Square in the east part of the city. The rib joint is 6,300 square feet, just a shade under Fargo, North Dakota's location but larger than some of their more recent opening.
The closing of Blockbusters locations saw several business enterprises jump at the chance to grab the open spaces.
The partnership between the Winnipeg's Tribal Councils Investment Group (TCIG) and Famous Dave's is likely to see further locations in Winnipeg. Each restaurant costs about $3 million to build and have just over 100 employees. Famous Dave's has indicated they want 400-500 locations in Canada. That would be quite a feat since they are just under 200 restaurants so far in the U.S. in 35 states.
The hours of the location run 11 am to 12 am week nights and move to 1 am on weekends.
Expect to hear a swirl of additional announcements of restaurant openings in the city in the months to come.
On many people's list is Outback Steakhouse, Hard Rock Cafe and a TGI Fridays outside of the airport location.