As part of its strategic expansion, Black Bear Diner has opened two locations in the Lone Star State.
Located at a Petro Stopping Center travel center the new El Paso diner includes a third-party pickup window located inside the vestibule of the restaurant. It is located off exit 37 and is a franchise-owned conversion build at the existing Petro Stopping Center. The diner will seat up to 143 guests within the 7,865 square foot space, and will feature the brand’s new diner model. The diner will be open daily from 6am-10pm for both dine in and takeout.
Black Bear Diner also opened a Harker Heights location that includes an outdoor patio space and is open daily from 6am-10pm for both dine in and takeout. The 6,229 square foot diner is a corporate-owned conversion build, which showcases Black Bear Diner’s new design enhancements that focus on building modifications to expedite off-premise business while preserving the in-diner guest experience.
Both openings come as part of the brand’s strategic expansion with a focus in the Lone Star State and follows Black Bear Diner’s recent entrance into new markets including San Antonio, Amarillo, Dallas, McAllen and Pasadena.
“We are thrilled to finish off a year of immense growth in Texas with the openings of both the El Paso and Harker Heights diners,” said Anita Adams, CEO of Black Bear Diner. “Both openings mark our first diners in the markets and the El Paso opening is our second location this year with TravelCenters of America. We look forward to serving our delicious food and family-style dining experience to both the Harker Heights and the El Paso communities, as well as to the TA visitors looking for a taste of home on the road.”
Looking ahead to 2023, the company expects to open approximately 15 new diners system-wide, with a continued focus on growth and expansion in Texas. The franchise now operates 153 diners in 14 states.