BJ's Restaurants opens its newest restaurant in Tyler, Texas, says it remains on track to open as many as 12-13 new restaurants this year, currently finalizing several new restaurant locations for potential 2012 openings

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California , March 1, 2011 (press release) – BJ's Restaurants, Inc. (Nasdaq:BJRI - News) today announced the opening of its newest restaurant in Tyler, TX on February 28, 2011. The new BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse is located just west of the intersection of Loop 323 and Broadway Ave as the newest addition to the 650,000 square-foot Broadway Square Mall. The restaurant is approximately 8,000 square feet, contains seating for approximately 265 guests, and features BJ's extensive menu including BJ's signature deep-dish pizza, award-winning handcrafted beer and famous Pizookie(R) dessert. BJ's highly detailed, contemporary decor 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 new restaurant of 2011 in Tyler, Texas," commented Jerry Deitchle, Chairman and CEO. "The Tyler community welcomed us enthusiastically, as our new restaurant set a new all-time BJ's record for opening-day sales. Our Tyler restaurant is our 21st restaurant in Texas, where we have achieved many of our strongest sales volumes and increases in comparable restaurant sales during the past several years. We continue to remain on track to open as many as 12 to 13 new restaurants during 2011 and currently have six new restaurants under construction for planned openings later this year. Additionally, our real estate pipeline continues to be in excellent shape, and our development team is currently finalizing several new restaurant locations for potential 2012 openings."

BJ's Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 103 casual dining restaurants under the BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse or BJ's Pizza & 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 which produce and distribute BJ's critically acclaimed handcrafted beers throughout the chain. The Company's restaurants are located in California (51), Texas (21), Arizona (6), Colorado (4), Oregon (2), Nevada (4), Florida (6), Ohio (2), Oklahoma (2), Kentucky (1), Indiana (1), Louisiana (1) and Washington (2). Visit BJ's Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at http://www.bjsrestaurants.com.

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