BJ’s Restaurants Opens in Waco, Texas

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. (Nasdaq:BJRI) today announced the opening of its newest restaurant in Waco, Texas, on Monday, June 11, 2012. The new BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse is located at the intersection of US 6 and West Waco Drive as the latest addition to the 700,000 square foot Richland Mall. 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 excited to bring the BJ’s restaurant concept to Waco, Texas,” commented Jerry Deitchle, Chairman and CEO.  “Waco is located between the DFW metroplex and Austin, where we have several restaurants with solid sales volumes.   To date, we have opened six new restaurants this year and we remain on track to open as many as 10 more restaurants during 2012, 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 restaurant.  Our next planned opening is in late June, before the end of our fiscal second quarter, in Round Rock, Texas, on the north side of the Austin market.”  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 121 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 (59), Texas (26), 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