Black Bear Diner opened 4 new locations across 4 states at the end of 2019, marking 19 new locations in total for the year. The bear-themed restaurants opened 3 company-owned locations in November in Sugar Land, Texas; Olathe, Kan.; and Independence, Mo., as well as one franchised location in Kingman, Ariz.

The Kansas location marked the chain’s debut in that state. Overall, Black Bear Diner operates 138 locations in 14 states.

“Opening four diners in one month, including two in one day in the Midwest, is an exciting milestone in our journey to bring Black Bear Diner across the nation and strongly contributes to our strategic growth plan,” says Bruce Dean, co-founder and CEO of Black Bear Diner.