The company is committed to strategic growth alongside its franchise partners – 29 new franchise locations by 2025 in key markets
Redding, California (RestaurantNews.com) black bear dinner today announced plans to bring its unique bear-themed dining concept and classic, home-style comfort food to more cities across Texas. Having recently finalized a deal to convert a closed restaurant in San Antonio, Black Bear Diner aims to open the doors to at least six new company-owned restaurants statewide in 2022. The new restaurants are a combination of conversions and land ups and will incorporate recent design changes to better accommodate off-site dining. Once all six locations are fully operational, Texas will have the most Black Bear Diner locations outside of California. Ongoing initiatives with franchise partners will also expand the restaurant concept’s current presence in California, Texas and Washington, as well as the potential for new locations in other western states.
A site in Pasadena, Texas, in the greater Houston area, is currently under construction and is expected to open in early April. Plans are also underway to open Black Bear Diner locations in McAllen – along the southern state border, Mesquite and Fort Worth – both outside of Dallas, and Harker Heights – north of Austin. , by the end of October. Black Bear Diner currently has nine operating locations in Texas, with the majority of its restaurants located in suburban Houston. Newest Black Bear Diner has opened October 5, 2021 in Brownsville, Texas.
“We are thrilled to introduce Black Bear Diner to new communities this year, and we look forward to bringing our delicious cuisine and family dining experience to more customers,” said Anita Adams, CEO of Black Bear Diner. “The strategic expansion of our footprint in the Lone Star State is a key part of our long-term plan to continue pushing east.”
In addition to company-owned locations, Black Bear Diner has signed several development agreements with long-time franchise partners, including Elite Group, SB Diner, Puget Sound Bears Inc. and National Restaurants Inc., to identify and build a number of new franchise locations in California, Washington, Texas and Arizona. By the end of 2024, the company plans to open approximately 29 new franchises.
“Our founders built Black Bear Diner as a unique space where people can gather and enjoy a delicious meal together in a relaxing and fun environment. That sense of community and connection remains at the core of who we are today. and extends to our fantastic franchise owners and development partners,” continued Adams. “We are thrilled and honored to grow alongside our franchisees and look forward to bringing in new partners.”
In support of its long-term growth strategy, including the significant development of additional franchise locations, Black Bear Diner named restaurant industry veteran Chad Corrigan as Senior Vice President of Sales and Franchise Development in May 2021. Additionally, the restaurant concept recently launched a website with additional details on opportunities for potential franchise partners: https://blackbeardinerfranchise.com.
About Black Bear Diner
Black Bear Diner is one of the fastest growing franchises in the country. Founded in 1995 by Bruce Dean and Bob Manley in Mt. Shasta, California, Black Bear Diner brings home-style comfort food classics and personalized service to the dining experience. The rapidly growing family dining concept, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offers an extensive, tantalizing menu anchored in hearty portions and great value, with service rooted in genuine hospitality.
The franchise now operates 144 locations in 14 states and continues to grow. Black Bear Diner has always been recognized for significant growth and outstanding performance – Winner of FSR Magazine’s 2021 Readers’ Choice Award for Best Legacy Brand, Winner of Top 10 Customer Service, Top 10 Fastest Growing Chains fast and top disruptive Nation Restaurant News. Franchise hours called Black Bear Diner one of the “smartest growing brands” in the country. The company is a disruptor in the home dining segment for its growth and performance and will continue to focus on serving classic home-style comfort food and bringing personalized service back to the restaurant industry as that the brand continues to execute its expansion plan. For more information, please visit blackbeardiner.com.
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