Black Bear Diner announced that is has opened the doors to its newest location in McAllen, Texas, at 600 West Expressway 83. McAllen marks the brand’s 11th Texas-based diner and second opening in the state this year, following the Black Bear Diner’s opening in Pasadena this past April, and reflects the next step in the company’s statewide expansion plans.

The new diner is open daily from 6am – 10pm and has over 5,200 square feet, seating up to 155 indoor dining guests. This is the third Black Bear Diner location to incorporate updated building features that focus on supporting off-premise business, which includes a vestibule that has a separate pick-up window to accommodate takeout orders and third-party drivers. The modified store layout preserves guests’ great dine-in experience while streamlining the processes for increased off-premise business.

“We are delighted to expand our presence into the southernmost part of the state, and the opening of our McAllen diner is a significant step for Black Bear Diner as we continue to execute our development plans in Texas,” says Anita Adams, CEO of Black Bear Diner. “The local Texan communities have been very welcoming, and we look forward to bringing our home-style comfort food to even more guests across the state later this year.”

In addition to the McAllen opening, Black Bear Diner’s Texas expansion plan is supported by a strong pipeline of upcoming diner openings, including new corporate owned locations set to open in San Antonio on Military Drive, Mesquite, and Harker Heights. The family-friendly restaurant brand is also expected to open locations in Amarillo, San Antonio on Ackerman Rd, and El Paso in conjunction with its franchising partners. Black Bear Diner aims to have all seven Texas locations in operation by the end of 2022. Beyond Texas, Black Bear Diner plans to open two locations in California, one diner in Arizona, and one restaurant in Utah before the end of 2022, bringing the total anticipated openings in 2022 to 14.

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