US-based family dining concept Black Bear Diner has expanded its presence in the country with the addition of two new sites to its network.

The expansion is part of the brand’s growth plan and brings its total locations count to 120.

Each restaurant has around 80 employees.

The restaurant chain opened a location on 17 December at Great Falls, marking its entry into Montana. The company also opened another location in Moreno Valley, Southern California, on 19 December.

Located at 1400 Market Place Drive, this 7,386ft2 restaurant at Great Falls can accommodate 263 guests.

“Our two newest restaurants don’t look much different than the first restaurant we opened in 1995.”

The 5,514 Moreno Valley restaurant is located at 24949 Sunnymead Boulevard. It is the 58th location for the company in California. It can accommodate up to 125 guests.

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Black Bear Diner co-founder and CEO Bruce Dean said: “Our two newest restaurants don’t look much different than the first restaurant we opened in 1995, and we still offer the same delicious burgers, meatloaf, chicken-fried steak and other comfort food classics that our guests have come to love.

“Black Bear Diner is excited to open new restaurants in Montana and our home state of California, and we look forward to introducing our style of delicious food and genuine hospitality to new guests in both areas.”

With these two restaurants, the company has opened 15 new units by the end of this year.

As per the company’s strategic plans, it intends to expand east of the Rocky Mountains in 2019.