BJ’s Restaurants Opens in New Braunfels, Texas

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. (Nasdaq:BJRI) today announced the opening of its newest restaurant in New Braunfels, Texas, on Monday, May 7, 2012. The new BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse is located at the intersection of FM 306 and I-35 as the newest addition to the 600,000 square foot Town Center at Creekside. The restaurant is approximately 8,500 square feet, contains seating for approximately 280 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 New Braunfels, Texas,” commented Jerry Deitchle, Chairman and CEO. “Our New Braunfels restaurant is our fourth restaurant in the San Antonio market and our 25th restaurant in Texas, where we have achieved some of our strongest comparable sales increases in recent years. We have opened four new restaurants to date during 2012 and remain solidly on track to open as many as 12 additional restaurants this year, including the relocation of an older, smaller-format ‘pizza and grill’ restaurant in Boulder, Colorado to a site that can support a larger-format, more productive BJ’s “brewhouse” restaurant. All of our remaining new restaurants for the current year are either in the permitting stage or are under construction. We are also well underway in building a solid pipeline of new restaurant locations for potential 2013 and 2014 openings.” 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 119 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 California (58), Texas (25), Arizona (6), Colorado (4), Oregon (2), Nevada (5), Florida (9), Ohio (3), Oklahoma (2), Kentucky (1), Indiana (1), Louisiana (1) and Washington (2). Visit BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at