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God’s amazing blessings upon life-long friends produced this restaurant management company in the fall of 2001.  Today, Famous Five Dining employs over 350 people in five different Famous Dave’s restaurants in Tennessee. Five values are our name:  Faith, Family, Friends and Famous Food . ( To our way of thinking, “Famous” is a value unto itself!)  When you proclaim them by name, you better live them well.  That’s why we operate our business by what we call the “FD Rule”:  Treat others BETTER than they expect to be treated.  We trust our “family” of employees and the Guests who become our “friends” will feel at home in our restaurants.  More importantly, we trust that God will be honored by how we care for His blessings.

Doug & Laurel Renegar ~ Mike & Tamara Lister


Leadership team of Famous Five Dining winning the Famous Neighbor Award in March 2013.
Pictured with Founder "Famous Dave" himself.


Director of Operations Chris Benner
wins the Spirit of the Flame Award
for his contributions to Famous Dave's

In May 2012, Doug and Laurel Renegar and Mike and Tamara Lister were named
Tennessee's Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
They received their award in Washington, DC as part of Small Business Week.
About Famous Five Dining:

Two husband/wife teams lead the company.  The ladies were best friends in high school.  The guys were fraternity brothers who worked their way through college serving tables in the same restaurant.  Mike and Tamara started dating the night Doug and Laurel got married.  Twenty years later, they pooled their resources, moved their families to Nashville and formed Famous Five Dining.

Famous Five Dining, Inc. has the rights to franchise “Famous Dave’s Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que” throughout Central & East Tennessee and parts of North Georgia. Currently, it operates Famous Dave’s restaurants in Hermitage, Franklin, Chattanooga, Knoxville and Smyrna, Tennessee.

Owners Mike and Tamara Lister, and Doug and Laurel Renegar have over 90 years of combined experience in the industry.  Mike formerly served Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. as its Senior Vice President of Operations, helping grow the company from 4 to 50 restaurants.  Doug most recently served as the Franchise Business Coach of Kentucky Fried Chicken, consulting with 35 franchise companies in the Southeast.  Previously he was a Director of Operations for KFC.  Together, Doug and Mike handle operations and future growth for the company.  Laurel Renegar, who serves as Chief Financial Officer, has her master’s degree in finance and honed her talents in the health care field before turning to restaurants. Tamara Lister handles both marketing and human resources.  She worked in the television industry as a news anchor and reporter before plying her skills in the Hospitality Industry.

Chris Benner, long-time friend and associate of the Listers and Renegars, is the company’s Director of Operations, supervising the day-to-day functions of the business. Chris was an Area Director for Famous Dave’s of America prior to joining Famous Five Dining.

Our Hermitage, Tennessee (a suburb of Nashville ) restaurant opened in December 2001.  The Knoxville restaurant at I-40 and Cedar Bluff Road (officially 208 Advantage Place) opened in December 2002.  This was followed by the Chattanooga location less than 3 months later. Franklin, TN became home to a Famous Five Dining restaurant in December 2003, located near the Cool Springs Galleria. Our Smyrna, TN restaurant is located just off Sam Ridley Parkway and I-24 and opened in June 2006. To date, the restaurants are performing well financially and earning local recognition as well. 

Included in the “honors” list:

Best Meal for the Money - The Ruthies 2012-Daily News Journal Readers

Favorite BBQ Restaurant - The Ruthies 2012-Daily News Journal Readers

Favorite Restaurant - The Ruthies 2012-Daily News Journal Readers

Favorite Caterer - The Ruthies 2012-Daily News Journal Readers

Best Place for a Business Lunch - The Ruthies 2012-Daily News Journal Readers

Nashville’s BBQ Food Find – The Food Network

Best Ribs – Nashville Scene Readers

Best BBQ - Franklin Sizzle Award

Best BBQ - Chattanooga Times Free Press Readers

Best Caterer - Chattanooga Times Free Press Readers

Best BBQ - Knox Rocks Winner - WIMZ

Best Dessert - Taste of Stones River

One of Nashville’s Best BBQ Joints – Nashville Scene Readers

One of Nashville’s Friendliest Wait Staffs – Nashville Scene Readers

One of Nashville’s Best Caterers – Nashville Scene Readers

#1 Barbecue Restaurant – Best of MSN’s Citysearch.com

#1 Family Friendly Restaurant – Best of MSN’s Citysearch.com

#1 Group Dining Restaurant – Best of MSN’s Citysearch.com

Best New Restaurant – Chattanooga News Free Press Readers

People’s Choice Award – Taste of Chattanooga 2002 & 2003

Critic’s Choice – Best Dessert – Taste of Chattanooga 2003 & 2003

Silver Spoon Award – Taste of the Shoals

Bliss Kiss Award – Best BBQ – Bliss Magazine

BBQ Favorite – Times Daily Readers

Top 5 BBQ Joints in Knoxville - WBIR-TV’s “Style”

Best BBQ - Williamson Parent Magazine

Best Ribs - Times Daily readers

Knox Rocks Award - Best BBQ - WIMZ listeners

Best BBQ - Chattanooga Times Free Press readers

Best Caterer - Chattanooga Times Free Press readers

Sizzle Award - Southern Exposure readers

Best BBQ - Runner Up - Metro Pulse readers

The accolades don’t stop there.  Famous Five Dining has six times been awarded the Enduring Flame Award, which celebrates our commitment to culture and employee development. The company has also received Famous Dave’s first Community Service Award in 2007, and was again named for that honor in 2008 & 2009. In 2010, 2011 & 2012 it earned the Famous Neighbor Award for FFD's contribution to and support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and other organizations that make our communities stronger. Individually, the Hermitage restaurant was selected Rookie Restaurant of the Year and Franchise Restaurant of the Year by Famous Dave’s of America in 2002. In 2003, it was named Restaurant of the Year among all restaurants in the system. The Rookie honor went to the Chattanooga restaurant in 2003.  And on top of that, Famous Five Dining was named Famous Dave’s Franchisee of the Year for 2003, 2004 and again in 2009.
Famous Dave's Tennessee Make-A-Wish Contribution
Famous Five Dining believes that God has provided the opportunity for Famous Dave’s to operate in Tennessee, and the owners therefore seek opportunities to do for others. Each fall, the company hosts a golf tournament to benefit the Make A Wish Foundation, and encourages participation in many local events that help grant wishes for children facing life-threatening illnesses. The company has raised over $370,000 for Make-A-Wish to date. Additionally, each Memorial weekend, the company spearheads "Operations Famous Salute" in each of its restaurants... inviting Guests, employees and neighbors to write letters to soldiers serving overseas. Famous Five takes care of the postage! And, each restaurant provides thousands of dollars of support for local schools, charities and community organizations each year.

The commitment to family and friends extends to those who operate the company on a daily basis, and provide focus for what happens next. Tim Burress brings a long family friendship and many years of management experience to our Knoxville restaurant. He was named a Ring of Fire Winner in 2012 for excellence in restaurant operations and growth. Jamey Tidwell oversees operations at our Cool Springs restaurant and recently celebrated his 11th anniversary with Famous Five Dining. Hannah Tichota is General Manager of our Smyrna restaurant. She has a passion for both Guests and Team Members, and is already making her mark. Caitlin Narramore Cobb is our General Manager in Chattanooga. She began her career as a server and worked her way through college with us before moving into management! Director of Operations Chris Benner is presently focusing additional attention to our Hermitage location as he prepares the next generation of leadership for our company. Famous Five Dining appreciates the passion and commitment each person brings to the company, our Guests and our fellow employees. Famous Five Dining, Inc. is a privately held company.

Famous Five Dining, Inc. is a privately held company.


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