BJ’s Restaurants Opens in Menifee, California

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. has announced the opening of its newest restaurant in Menifee, California, on Monday, August 20, 2012. The new BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse is located at the intersection of Newport Road and I-215 as the latest addition to the 750,000 square-foot Countryside Marketplace. The restaurant is approximately 8,000 square feet, contains seating for approximately 265 guests, and features BJ’s extensive menu including BJ’s signature deep-dish pizza, award-winning handcrafted beer and famous Pizookie dessert. BJ’s highly detailed, contemporary décor and unique video statement, including BJ’s 103″ plasma display as well as several high-definition flat panel televisions, creates a high energy, fun and family-friendly dining environment for everyone to enjoy. Hours of operation are from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

“We are very excited to open our newest restaurant in Menifee, which is located in our core Southern California market where we have strong brand awareness and guest loyalty,” commented Jerry Deitchle, Chairman and CEO. “Sales for our first day of operations well exceeded our expectations. Our new Menifee restaurant is our ninth new restaurant to date this year. We remain solidly on track to open as many as seven more restaurants before the end of this year, including the relocation of an older, smaller-format ‘pizza and grill’ restaurant in Boulder, Colorado, to another site in Boulder that can support a larger-format BJ’s ‘brewhouse’ restaurant.”  Investors are reminded that the actual number and timing of new restaurant openings is subject to a number of factors outside of the Company’s control including, but not limited to, weather conditions and factors under the control of landlords, contractors and regulatory/licensing authorities.

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 124 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, BJ’s Pizza & Grill and BJ’s Grill brand names. BJ’s restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts. Quality, flavor, value, moderate prices and sincere service remain distinct attributes of the BJ’s experience. The Company operates several microbreweries in addition to using qualified contract brewers to produce and distribute BJ’s critically acclaimed proprietary handcrafted beers throughout the chain. The Company’s restaurants are located in Arizona (6), California (60), Colorado (4), Florida (9), Indiana (1), Kansas (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (1), Nevada (5), Ohio (3), Oklahoma (2), Oregon (2), Texas (27) and Washington (2). Visit BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at