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SeekingAlpha  Mar 16  Comment 
ByMarshall Hargrave: The winter weather, coupled with the fact that the "average joe" has yet to come back to the casual dining market, has kept shares of BJ's Restaurants (BJRI) under pressure. Despite being up 20% last week, BJ's is still up...
SeekingAlpha  Mar 7  Comment 
By Craig Bibb: Looks like I got one thing right in La Cucaracha-the next catalyst for BJ's Restaurants (BJRI) was activist noise. The stock was up 21.6% to $33.62 on March 6 after PW Partners (Patrick Walsh) and Christian Leone (Luxor Capital)...
SeekingAlpha  Mar 7  Comment 
By Craig Bibb: BJ's Restaurants -- Grow or no grow? At a first-ever analyst day last week, the management of BJ's Restaurants (BJRI) laid out a plan to restore margins by 2016. While no activist plan has been disseminated and no activist has...
TheStreet.com  Mar 6  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Investment funds PW Partners Atlas Fund and Luxor Capital Partners announced their intention to nominate five representatives to the board of BJ's Restaurants . The firms collectively own around 12.4% of BJ's...
Wall Street Journal  Mar 6  Comment 
BJ's Restaurants said it would consider the board nominations that a group of funds investing in the company intend to make.
StreetInsider.com  Mar 6  Comment 
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Benzinga  Mar 5  Comment 
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SeekingAlpha  Feb 26  Comment 
By Craig Bibb: BJs Restaurants (BJRI) was a growth stock darling for years. Between 2004 and 2011, BJRI traded at an average forward P/E of 37 times. Prior to the 2009 market collapse, its average NTM P/E was a hefty 48 times. Investors loved both...
SeekingAlpha  Feb 21  Comment 
BJ's Restaurants, Inc. (BJRI) Q4 2013 Earnings Conference Call February 19, 2014 5:00 pm ET Executives Greg Trojan - President and CEO Greg Levin - Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary Greg Lynds -...




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Founded in 1978 in Orange County, California, BJ's Restaurants owns and operates a chain of 68 high-end casual dining restaurants in the Western United States that serve its signature deep-dish pizzas, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pastas, steaks, baby back ribs, and its own hand-crafted beers. Each restaurant is either operated as a BJ s Restaurant & Brewery, which has a brewery in the restaurant, a BJ s Restaurant & Brewhouse, which receives beer from one of its breweries, a contract brewer of the company s proprietary recipes or a BJ s Pizza & Grill, a smaller format, full service restaurant. The broad menu offers a wide range of entr e prices ($8.50 to $19.95) with an average guest check of $12, and allows BJ's to appeal to a variety of guests, and dining occasions including everyday lunch and dinner, special occasions, and late night business.

The company's restaurants are located in California (39), Texas (11), Arizona (4), Oregon (3), Colorado (3), Nevada (2), Florida (3), Ohio (1), and Oklahoma (2). The company also has a licensing interest in a BJ's restaurant in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii.

History

The first BJ's restaurant, called BJ Chicago Pizzeria was opened by two men in 1978, and specialized in Chicago-style deep-dish pizza. Over the next 13 years, the men opened four additional restaurants, and in 1991 they sold the company to its current joint CEOs and chairmen Paul Motenko and Jerry Hennessey, who changed the company s name to Chicago Pizza & Brewery. The new management slowly expanded the concept to reach all consumer demographics by broadening the menu and entering the microbrewery business in 1996.

That same year the company expanded geographically by acquiring 19 restaurants in Oregon and Washington from Pietros. The Pietros restaurants served primarily thin-crust pizza in a very casual counter-service environment. Unfortunately, the concept failed and over the next eight years BJ's closed 13 of the Pietros restaurants, sold three to employees and converted three to BJ's locations.

In 1996, the company made an IPO of 1.8 million shares at $5 per share, and 2.1 million warrants at $0.25 each, raising more than $9 million. In January 2005, BJ's hired Jerry Deitchle, formerly President (2002-2004) and CFO (1995-2002) at the Cheesecake Factory. In March 2005, the company announced the completion of a $42.6 million private placement of common stock with three large institutional investors. The transaction involved the sale of 2.75 million shares of common stock at a price of $15.50 per share.




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