BJ's Restaurants

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BJ's Restaurants, Inc.
  • BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery
  • BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse
S&P 600 Component
Industry Restaurant, Microbrewery
Founded 1978; 40 years ago (1978) in Santa Ana, California, as BJ's Chicago Pizzeria
Founders Mike Phillips, Bill Cunningham
Headquarters Huntington Beach, California
Number of locations
197 (2017)
Area served
United States
Key people
Greg Trojan, CEO and President
Products food, beer

BJ's Restaurants, Inc. is an American chain of restaurants, some of which contain microbreweries that also supply beer to the other restaurants in the chain. The locations with breweries use the name BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery while the other locations use the name BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse. Some of their beers have been awarded gold and silver medals at various beer brewing competitions throughout the world.[1]


The BJ's in Hillsboro, Oregon

BJ's was founded in 1978 and first opened in Santa Ana, California, as BJ's Chicago Pizzeria[2] by Mike Phillips and Bill Cunningham.[3][4] Phillips and Cunningham sold their company to their accountants Paul Motenko and Jerry Hennessy in 1991.[5][4]

By 1996, seven restaurants had opened between San Diego and Los Angeles. Originally known as Chicago Pizza, the company went public about 1996, raising $9.4 million.[6] The company then bought 26 Pietro's Pizza restaurants in March 1996 in a $2.8 million deal in cash and assumed debt, but then sold off seven of the locations with plans to convert the remaining Pietro's to what was then BJ's Pizza.[6] During the same year, the company opened a microbrewery at its Brea restaurant.[1]

Between 2010 and 2011, the National Retail Federation named it as one of the 10 fastest growing restaurants in the U.S. based on year-over-year sales.[7]

In October 2012, Greg Trojan became President and CEO.[8]


In 2013, BJ’s produced a combined total of 60,000 barrels annually at their 11 brewery restaurants to serve their chain of 136 restaurants in 15 states.[9] In 2010, the company's BJ's Hefelightzen was awarded a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival.[10]


  1. ^ a b Bloom, Earl (January 21, 2013). "BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse". Orange County Register.
  2. ^ Alvarado, Jocelyn (September 23, 2012). "Best of Orange County: BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse". Orange County Register.
  3. ^ Jacobson, Max (September 29, 1994). "Restaurants : BJ's Dishes Pizza That Pans Out". Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ a b Chang, Andrea (May 5, 2010). "BJ's takes a bigger slice of casual-dining market: The Huntington Beach-based chain's vast menu and modest prices are helping it thrive after a tough few years for the restaurant industry". Los Angeles Times.
  5. ^ Luna, Nancy (December 22, 2008). "BJ's Restaurants co-founders leave pizza chain". Orange County Register.
  6. ^ a b Rose, Michael (November 17, 1996). "BJ's Pizza to revamp Pietro's with breweries, remodeling". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  7. ^ Luna, Nancy (August 2, 2012). "BJ's pizza among 10 fastest-growing chains". The Orange County Register.
  8. ^ "BJ's Restaurants, Inc. Announces Incoming President and Upcoming CEO Transition". 2012-10-31. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
  9. ^ Morgan, Jason (August 16, 2013). "Brewpub Files: BJ's Restaurants crafts brand quality across its restaurants". Craft Brewing Business.
  10. ^ "BJ's Restaurants Wins Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival". NBC News. September 28, 2010.

External links[edit]

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Coordinates: 33°44′05″N 117°59′42″W / 33.734774°N 117.995082°W / 33.734774; -117.995082