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Black Bear Diner Marks 2019 Expansion Momentum With Four Restaurant Openings

Family dining brand continues to execute its growth strategy with opening of its first Kansas location; opens new diners in Arizona, Missouri and Texas expanding its national footprint

Black Bear Diner

Black Bear Diner wrapped up a year of growth and expansion by announcing the opening of four new Black Bear Diners in four states.

Three company-owned locations opened in November in Sugar Land, Texas, Olathe, Kansas and Independence, Missouri. Black Bear Diner also opened an additional location in Kingman, Arizona with franchisee partner TravelCenters of America LLC.

With these openings, Black Bear Diner opened a total of 19 locations in 2019, a strong finish to the year that saw substantial growth for the popular family dining chain. The Olathe, Kansas opening also marked the first restaurant in the state and Black Bear Diner’s presence in 14 total states nationwide. Earlier this year, Black Bear Diner also announced its first opening in its 13th state, Arkansas.

“Opening four diners in one month, including two in one day in the Midwest, is an exciting milestone in our journey to bring Black Bear Diner across the nation, and strongly contributes to our strategic growth plan,” said Bruce Dean, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Black Bear Diner. “We’re thrilled to give more communities and guests the opportunity to enjoy our genuine hospitality and delicious menu, and we look forward to an equally great year in 2020.”

Black Bear Diner’s expansion across the United States highlights the company as one of the fastest-growing franchises in the country. The company continues to disrupt the family-dining segment with its top-notch performance and exemplary growth. Other 2019 milestones include:

  • Executive leadership team additions with the most recent addition of Steve Sparks as CFO and Tammy Johns as the company’s first-ever Chief People Officer. Earlier in the year, the company also named longtime company leader Anita Adams as President.
  • A new strategic partnership with Postmates and a partnership expansion with DoorDash to bring Black Bear Diner’s home-style comfort food classics direct to customers’ doorsteps.
  • A renewed focus on elevating its dinner service, including the addition of Carving Station Dinners and Breakfast for Dinner menu items, as well as new uniforms, music and lighting after 4 p.m.
  • The company was named to Franchise Times’ 2019 Fast and Serious List, Nation’s Restaurant News Top 200 ranking, and a Top Food Franchise of 2019 from Entrepreneur Magazine.



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