New franchise unit in Great Falls, Mont. and corporate unit in Moreno Valley, Calif. bring Black Bear Diners total restaurant count to 120
Black Bear Diner, the fast-growing, family dining concept that offers a one-of-a-kind experience and home-style comfort food classics in a friendly, bear-themed atmosphere, announced it has entered into its 12th state with its first unit opening in Montana, located in Great Falls. Black Bear Diner has also opened a new restaurant in Southern California in the Moreno Valley area on Wednesday, Dec. 19.
The openings mark the latest milestones on the brand’s growth trajectory and bring Black Bear Diner’s total unit count to 120. Black Bear Diner will have opened 15 new units by the end of this year as the company continues to successfully execute on its strategic plan to expand eastward. The brand has been frequently recognized for its performance, including being named one of the country’s “Top 10 Fastest-Growing” chains by Nation’s Restaurant News and one of the “Smartest-Growing Brands” by Franchise Times.
Details on the two new units are as follows:
Great Falls, Mt.
Black Bear Diner’s first Montana unit is franchised-owned and located at 1400 Market Place Drive in Great Falls. The 7,386 square-foot diner seats 263 guests and opened on Monday. Dec. 17.
Moreno Valley, Calif.
Located at 24949 Sunnymead Boulevard, this 5,514 square-foot restaurant seats up to 125 guests and will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily, starting Dec. 19. The unit is corporate owned and marks the brand’s 58th restaurant in California.
Both restaurants will hire as many as 80 employees each, creating job opportunities for local residents.
“Our two newest restaurants don’t look much different than the first restaurant we opened in 1995, and we still offer the same delicious burgers, meatloaf, chicken-fried steak and other comfort food classics that our guests have come to love,” said Black Bear Diner Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Bruce Dean. “Black Bear Diner is excited to open new restaurants in Montana and our home state of California, and we look forward to introducing our style of delicious food and genuine hospitality to new guests in both areas.”
Frequently recognized as one of the country’s fastest-growing franchises and a “disruptor” in the family-dining segment, Black Bear Diner has been acknowledged for its growth and performance, especially compared to numerous competitive brands. The company’s strategic plans call for further expansion east of the Rocky Mountains in 2019. With the opening of the Moreno Valley diner, Black Bear Diner will have opened 15 units by the end of 2018.