BJ's Restaurants, Inc., announced the opening of its two newest restaurants in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Miami on November 5, 2012.
The new Albuquerque restaurant is located on a free-standing pad at the intersection of Louisiana Boulevard and I-40 as part of the redevelopment of the 83-acre Winrock Town Center retail project. The new BJ's restaurant is approximately 8,500 square feet and contains seating for approximately 280 guests.
The new Miami restaurant is located at the intersection of US1 and 136th Street as the latest addition to The Falls retail project, one of the largest open-air shopping, dining and entertainment centers in the United States featuring more than 100 stores. The new BJ's restaurant is approximately 9,000 square feet and contains seating for approximately 280 guests.
"With these two openings, we are pleased to successfully complete our previously stated expansion goal for 2012," says Jerry Deitchle, chairman and CEO. "Our new Albuquerque and Miami restaurants represent our 15th and 16th new restaurants this year. Our Albuquerque restaurant is our first restaurant in New Mexico, and we were very pleased with its opening day sales. Our new Miami restaurant, our third restaurant in South Florida and eleventh in the state of Florida, opened with strong sales. We believe that Florida will continue to be a fertile development ground for future BJ's restaurants.
"On behalf of BJ's leadership team, I would like to congratulate all of our restaurant development and opening team members, as well as our outside contractors and supplier partners, for their collective hard work and effective execution of our 2012 expansion plan," Deitchle says. "With only 130 restaurants open as of today, we are excited about the opportunity for BJ's to continue capturing additional market share in the casual dining segment of the restaurant industry. We currently expect to open up as many as 17 new restaurants during 2013, including the relocation of one of our remaining small-format restaurants in Eugene, Oregon, to a larger, more productive location in that city. We have excellent visibility on all of our planned new 2013 restaurant locations, and we are well underway in solidifying our pipeline for potential 2014 new restaurant openings."