The founder of Famous Dave’s Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que restaurant chain visited Taylor this morning (Thursday, May 15) and was greeted by various city officials, police and firefighters along with Mayor Rick Sollars, wife Alicia and son Ashton.

“Famous Dave" Anderson came to town to meet and greet staff members and customers, as well as to sign books, at the restaurant, 23811 Eureka Road. The Taylor location is one of the nation-wide chain's most successful locations.

Anderson, 60, arrived at Biker Bob’s Harley-Davidson at about 8:30 a.m. and was paraded to the restaurant by police and fire personnel. He greeted Mayor Sollars there and then spent about 45 minutes speaking to the staff and their family members at the location.

Anderson emphasized hard work and dedication during his speech. The son of Native American parents, he started his chain with a single store in a very small northern Wisconsin town, A native of Chicago, he began the Famous Dave's chain in Hayward in 1994. At times during his first year of business in that very tiny town, he was hosting 1,000 guests.

Famous Dave told Taylor staff members that life is all about problems and adversity -- and how you react to them. It was a motivational speech that had the large crowd on their feet at times. To celebrate the occasion of Anderson's visit, a lunch special of a pork sandwich and side dish will be on sale for $2.99 until 4 p.m. today (May 15).

Famous Dave’s has 200 stores in 34 states, offering specialties  via a barbecue menu, signature sauces and a Southern roadhouse flair. The Taylor location opened in 2005. Anderson had never been to Taylor previously.