American family-dining concept Black Bear Diner is set to expand its presence in the country with 12 new restaurants in California, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.

As part of its expansion plans, the chain has entered into a multi-unit franchise agreement with a multi-brand operator to open six restaurants in Inland Empire, California within the next six years.

To expand its presence to Missouri, Black Bear has also signed an area development agreement to introduce the brand with three stores in St. Louis and St. Charles Counties.

Under the agreement, the company expects to open the three outlets over the next three years, with the first expected to open this year.

“We love bringing our home-styled comfort classics to guests and becoming a true partner to our local communities.”

Black Bear Diner co-founder and CEO Bruce Dean said: “Our entrances into Oklahoma and Texas couldn’t have been more successful, and we are so grateful for the warm welcomes we have received in both states.

“We love bringing our home-styled comfort classics to new and regular guests alike, and more importantly, becoming a true partner to our local communities.

“We look forward to bringing the Black Bear Diner style of hospitality and food to more guests as we continue to execute our growth plan.”

Of the 12 locations, the company plans to open the first unit in Quail Springs, Oklahoma on 23 April and the second location in Tulsa by August this year.

Black Bear will also open a company-owned restaurant unit in Humble, Texas by summer this year.

The diner currently operates 109 locations in ten US states.