BJ’s Restaurants opens in Orange Merrillville, Indiana

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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., April 27, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: BJRI) has announced the opening of its restaurant in Merrillville, Indiana. The new BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse opened on Monday, April 26, 2021 in a self-contained parking lot located in the Merrillville Plaza Shopping Center at the intersection of Highway 30 and Southlake Mall Boulevard. The restaurant is approximately 7,500 square feet, seats approximately 250, and offers a full BJ menu, including BJ’s signature deep dish pizza, award-winning craft beer, and famous Pizookie® dessert. BJ’s unique contemporary decor provides the perfect environment for any dining occasion. Normal hours of operation are 11:00 am to midnight Sunday through Thursday and 11:00 am to 1:00 am Friday and Saturday; however, hours are currently limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are very excited to open our first restaurant of the year in Merrillville, Indiana,” commented Greg Trojan, CEO of BJ. “The new Merrillville location is our first restaurant in Northwest Indiana and joins our six existing restaurants in the state. We look forward to the opening of our next restaurant in Lansing, Michigan in early June.

As with all of our new restaurant openings, BJ’s invited members of the Merrillville community to attend a smooth opening event ahead of our grand opening. Guests were treated to free food and had the opportunity to make a voluntary donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a very important charity for BJ’s, while our team members put the finishing touches at the restaurant. Additionally, BJ’s donated proceeds from all alcohol purchases during the smooth opening event to the BJ’s Restaurants Foundation.

About BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. (“BJ’s”) is a national brand with brewery roots and a menu where craftsmanship counts. BJ’s expansive menu has something for everyone: slow roasted dishes like prime rib, BJ’s EnLIGHTened Entrees® entrees, including cherry chipotle glazed salmon, signature deep pizza and the World famous dessert Pizookie® often imitated, but never duplicated. BJ’s has been a pioneer in the craft brewing world since 1996 and is proud to serve BJ’s award-winning craft beers, brewed in its brewing operations in five states and by independent craft brewers. The BJ experience offers high quality ingredients, bold flavors, moderate prices, sincere service and a fresh, contemporary atmosphere. Founded in 1978, BJ’s owns and operates 211 casual restaurants in 29 states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico , New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. All restaurants offer take-out, take-out, deliveries and great catering. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one of our 211 restaurants remains temporarily closed and the remaining 210 serve customers in our dining rooms with limited capacity, while respecting social distancing protocols and limited hours. For more information on BJ, visit http://www.bjsrestaurants.com.

About the BJ’s Restaurants Foundation BJ’s Restaurants Foundation (the “Foundation”) is a 501 (c) (3) registered non-profit organization primarily dedicated to supporting charities that benefit the health care and education of children, with a primary focus on the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Additionally, the Foundation supports the volunteer efforts of BJ team members across the country as they help give back to the communities in which our restaurants do business.

Disclaimer Regarding Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements in the preceding paragraphs and all other statements which are not purely historical constitute “forward-looking” statements for the purposes of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are intended to be covered by the safe ports created as well. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding comparable sales and expected restaurant margins, total potential national capacity, the success of various sales and productivity enhancement initiatives, future trends in customer traffic, on- and off-site sales trends, the percentage of restaurants open and when to reopen our restaurants for on-site dining, construction cost reduction initiatives and the number and timing of new restaurants that are expected to be open in future periods. These “forward-looking” statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or anticipated. Factors that could cause such differences include, but are not limited to: (i) the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sales and operations of our restaurants, workforce and staff, customer traffic, our supply chain and the ability of our suppliers to continue to deliver food and other supplies on a timely basis to operate our restaurants, the ability to manage costs and reduce expenses and the availability of funding additional, (ii) our ability to manage new restaurant openings, (iii) construction delays, (iv) labor shortages, (v) minimum wage increases and other employment-related costs , including compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and minimum wage requirements for exempt team members, (vi) the effect of credit and equity market disruptions on our ability to finan cer our continued expansion under acceptable terms, (vii) food quality and health issues and the effect of negative publicity about us, our restaurants, other restaurants or others through the supply chain food, due to foodborne illness or for other reasons, whether exact or not, (viii) factors that impact California, Texas and Florida, where a significant number of our restaurants are located, (ix) competition from the restaurant and brewery industry, (x) the impact of certain business considerations related to brewing, including, but not limited to, reliance on suppliers, sub -treaters and third party distributors, and the associated risks, (xi) trends in general consumer spending on casual dining, (xii) potential uninsured losses and liabilities due to limitations in insurance coverage, ( xiii) the fluctuati ons of commodity costs and availability of food in general and certain raw materials related to the brewing of our craft beers and energy needs, (xiv) risks related to brands and service marks, (xv) government regulations and license fees, (xvi) beer and liquor regulations, (xvii) loss of key personnel, (xviii) inability to obtain acceptable sites, (xix) legal action, ( xx) other general economic and regulatory conditions and requirements, (xxi) the success of our major sales strengthening initiatives and related operational initiatives, (xxii) any failure of our information technology or any breach of security in with respect to our electronic systems and data, and (xxiii) many other matters discussed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including including his recent reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K. The “forward-looking” statements contained in this press release are based on current assumptions and expectations, and BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. does not undertake to update or change its “forward-looking” statements whatsoever as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

For more information, please contact Greg Levin of BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. at (714) 500-2400 or JCIR at (212) 835-8500 or [email protected]

Source: BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.



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