BJ’s Restaurants Opens in Salinas, California

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. has announced the opening of its newest restaurant in Salinas, California on Monday, April 2, 2012. The new BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse is located at the intersection of San Juan Grade and Main Street just east of the 101 freeway as the latest addition to the 700,000 square foot Harden Ranch Shopping Center. The restaurant is approximately 7,500 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 11:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight on Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Sunday.

“We are excited to open our second new BJ’s restaurant of fiscal 2012 in Salinas, California,” commented Jerry Deitchle, Chairman and CEO. “Our new Salinas restaurant is located in the Northern California market where BJ’s has historically enjoyed strong brand acceptance and above average sales volumes. Sales for our first day of operations in Salinas exceeded our expectations. We continue to remain solidly on track to open as many as 16 new restaurants during fiscal 2012, including the relocation of an older, smaller-format ‘pizza and grill’ restaurant to a site that can support a larger-format BJ’s 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 117 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 (57), Texas (24), 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