Fargo's Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que restaurant now permanently closed

What was supposed to be a temporarly closure of the popular eatery is now permanent, with the building put up for lease.

The Famous Dave's restaurant in south Fargo, seen in this Nov. 22, 2021, file photo, has permanently closed according to the eatery's Facebook page.
Helmut Schmidt / The Forum

FARGO - A popular south Fargo barbecue restaurant is now permanently closed.

Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que, whose owners announced before Thanksgiving that the restaurant would temporarily close , is listed on its Facebook page and in a Google search as permanently closed. It is also no longer listed on the Famous Dave’s corporate website.

The restaurant building at 2581 45th St. S. is listed for lease on the Kilbourne Commercial Real Estate website. The “formerly Famous Dave’s” standalone restaurant was listed Tuesday, Dec. 14, as available for $30 per square foot. The broker is identified as Property Resources Group.

The restaurant closed Friday, Nov. 26, the day after Thanksgiving.

Before the closure, a sign on the door of the restaurant said the closure was to be temporary, and that a reopening date had not been set.


“Sadly, we will be temporarily closing our doors as of 11/26/21. The owners came to this hard decision over the last few months and unfortunately at this time we do not have a re-open date,” the undated sign said.

No reason for the move was given on the sign or on the company’s Facebook page.

Famous Dave’s still has North Dakota locations in Williston and Bismarck. A Grand Forks restaurant is listed on the corporate website as coming soon to 1970 S. Columbia Road.

Helmut Schmidt is a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's business news team. Readers can reach him by email at, or by calling (701) 241-5583.
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