HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Nov. 9, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BJ's Restaurants, Inc. (Nasdaq:BJRI) today announced the opening of its newest restaurant in Shenandoah, Texas (in the northern Houston market), on November 8, 2010. The new BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse is located at the Venetian-inspired Portofino shopping center just north of the intersection of Research Forest Drive and I-45. 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 BJ's in Shenandoah, Texas," commented Jerry Deitchle, Chairman and CEO. "Our Shenandoah restaurant is our fifth restaurant in the Houston market, where we have achieved some of our strongest increases in comparable restaurant sales during the past several years. Shenandoah represents our tenth and final new restaurant opening for 2010. On behalf of BJ's leadership team, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all of our team members and supplier partners for successfully achieving our stated expansion goal for the year.
"We are looking forward to another year of successful expansion and market share gains for the BJ's restaurant concept during 2011," said Deitchle. "We currently plan to open as many as 12 to 13 new restaurants next year. We continue to believe that BJ's will be one of just a few publicly-held casual dining restaurant companies that plans to achieve double-digit capacity growth during 2011 in terms of total restaurant operating weeks." Investors are reminded that the actual number and timing of new restaurant openings for any given period is subject to a number of factors outside of the Company's control, including weather conditions and factors under the control of landlords, contractors and regulatory/licensing authorities.