Famous Dave's from my experiences has degraded both in quality and quantity over the last three or so years. We've found the place to also be really quiet with only a few tables with people and the service has been really sub par. It is good however for catering, we've used them a few times for the kids birthday parties and it's always been a hit.
I wonder if Bigg Smoak were to go closer to downtown that it could fill the void of Lovey's closing up shop? Back in the day Lovey's was almost always busy and had a tonne of people getting take out also. Either way the city needs more places for Brisket and Pulled Pork!