BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. today announced the opening of its newest restaurant in Wichita, Kansas, on Monday, July 16, 2012. The new BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse is located at the intersection of Kellogg Drive and Rock Road on a freestanding parcel in front of the one million square foot Town East Square 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 very excited to open our first BJ’s restaurant in the state of Kansas,” commented Jerry Deitchle, Chairman and CEO. “Opening day sales exceeded our expectations and our Wichita restaurant team did an excellent job taking care of our guests and executing the BJ’s concept. Our new Wichita restaurant reflects our development strategy to steadily increase BJ’s overall brand recognition and presence along the Interstate 35 corridor from the Midwest down through Texas. To date, we have now opened eight new restaurants this fiscal year. We remain solidly on track to open as many as eight 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.” 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 123 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 (59), 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 http://www.bjsrestaurants.com.