BJ's Restaurants, Inc. Donates $534,000 to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation From 2012 Fundraising Activities

BJ's Restaurants, Inc. Donates $534,000 to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation From
2012 Fundraising Activities

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Jan. 24, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BJ's Restaurants,
Inc. (Nasdaq:BJRI), a long time supporter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation,
announced today that the Company, in partnership with the BJ's Restaurants
Foundation, raised a grand total of $534,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis
Foundation during 2012 through its new restaurant grand-opening charity
events, other fundraising campaigns and its Cookies for Kids program.

"For many years, BJ's has joined in the struggle to fight and eliminate Cystic
Fibrosis," said Jerry Deitchle, Chairman and CEO. "On behalf of the 16,000
team members at our Company, BJ's remains steadfast in continuing our work to
support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation going forward. Additionally, BJ's is
proud to continue supporting many other charitable and humanistic programs
which benefit the communities and constituencies that support our restaurants
through our ongoing sponsorship of the BJ's Restaurants Foundation led by its
President, Rob DeLiema."

"BJ's Restaurants has been crucial to the success in our fight against Cystic
Fibrosis and we are so grateful for its tireless efforts in helping fund
lifesaving research," said Mike Shumard, Executive Director of the Cystic
Fibrosis Foundation Orange County Chapter. "We are humbled by the compassion
and dedication of BJ's employees that has inspired more and more people to
join the fight against Cystic Fibrosis."

BJ's Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 130 casual dining
restaurants under the BJ's Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ's Restaurant &Brewhouse®,
BJ's Pizza & Grill® and BJ's Grill™ brand names. BJ's restaurants offer an
innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza
complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups,
pastas, entrees and desserts. Quality, flavor, value, moderate prices and
sincere service remain distinct attributes of the BJ's experience. The Company
operates several microbreweries in addition to using qualified contract
brewers to produce and distribute BJ's critically acclaimed proprietary
handcrafted beers throughout the chain. The Company's restaurants are located
in Arizona (6), California (61), Colorado (4), Florida (11), Indiana (1),
Kansas (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (1), Nevada (5), Ohio (3), Oklahoma (2),
Oregon (3), Texas (28), Washington (2) and New Mexico (1). Visit BJ's
Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at

Certain statements in the preceding paragraphs and all other statements that
are not purely historical constitute "forward-looking" statements for purposes
of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as
amended, and are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby.
The "forward-looking" statements contained in this press release are based on
current assumptions and expectations and BJ's Restaurants, Inc. undertakes no
obligation to update or alter its "forward-looking" statements whether as a
result of new information, future events or otherwise. Investors are
referred to the full discussion of risks and uncertainties associated with
forward-looking statements contained in the Company's filings with the
Securities and Exchange Commission, including its recent reports on Forms
10-K, 10-Q and 8-K.

CONTACT: For further information, please contact Rob DeLiema,
         President, BJ's Restaurants Foundation
         Phone: (714) 500-2445;

BJ's Restaurants, Inc.
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