MOUNTAINSIDE N.J. Famous Dave’s of America Inc., has sold his stake in the 11-unit franchise as a first step in a bid to acquire Darden Restaurants’ struggling Smokey Bones barbecue chain. —The chief executive and majority shareholder of North Country BBQ Ventures LLC, the largest franchisee of Robert Emerson, who founded North Country in 2001, said he was confident that he could turn around the 73-unit Smokey Bones, which ...

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