BJ's Restaurants Opens in Puyallup, Washington

BJ's Restaurants Opens in Puyallup, Washington

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., April 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BJ's Restaurants,
Inc. (Nasdaq:BJRI) today announced the opening of its newest restaurant in
Puyallup, Washington, on Monday, April 1, 2013. The new BJ's Restaurant and
Brewhouse is the latest addition to the one million square foot South Hill
Mall.The restaurant is approximately 8,500 square feet, contains seating for
approximately 270 guests, and features BJ's extensive menu including BJ's
signature deep-dish pizza, award-winning handcrafted beer and famous Pizookie®
dessert.BJ's highly detailed, contemporary décor and unique video statement,
including BJ's 103" plasma display as well as several high-definition flat
panel televisions, creates a high energy, fun and family-friendly dining
environment for everyone to enjoy.Hours of operation are from 11:00 a.m. to
12:00 midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Friday and
Saturday.

"We areveryexcited to open our first restaurant of fiscal 2013 in Puyallup,
Washington, a suburb of the Seattle market," commented Greg Trojan, President
and CEO."Our newPuyalluprestaurant is our third restaurant in the state of
Washington, joining our two very successful restaurants in Tacoma and
Tukwila." The Company remains on track to open as many as 17 new restaurants
during fiscal 2013, including the relocation of an older, smaller-format
"pizza and grill" restaurant to a site that can support a larger-format BJ's
restaurant.Investors are reminded that the actual number and timing of new
restaurant openings is subject to a number of factors outside of the Company's
control including, but not limited to, weather conditions and factors under
the control of landlords, contractors and regulatory/licensing authorities.

BJ's Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 131 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, including the Pizookie®
dessert. 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 craft beers throughout the
chain. The Company's restaurants are located in California (61), Texas (28),
Florida (11), Arizona (6), Nevada (5), Colorado (4), Ohio (3), Oregon (3),
Oklahoma (2), Washington (3), Indiana (1), Kansas (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana
(1) and New Mexico (1). Visit BJ's Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at
http://www.bjsrestaurants.com.

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.
Such statements include, but are not limited to, those regarding expected
comparable restaurant sales and margin growth in future periods, total
potential domestic capacity, the success of various sales-building and
productivity initiatives, future guest traffic trends and the number and
timing of new restaurants expected to be opened in future periods. These
"forward-looking" statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties
and other factors which may cause actual results to be materially different
from those projected or anticipated. Factors that might cause such differences
include, but are not limited to: (i) our ability to manage an increasing
number of new restaurant openings, (ii) construction delays, (iii) labor
shortages, (iv) increase in minimum wage and other employment related costs,
including the potential impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care
Act on our operations, (v) the effect of credit and equity market disruptions
on our ability to finance our continued expansion on acceptable terms, (vi)
food quality and health concerns, (vii) factors that impact California, where
61 of our current 131 restaurants are located, (viii) restaurant and brewery
industry competition, (ix) impact of certain brewery business considerations,
including without limitation, dependence upon suppliers, third party
contractors and related hazards, (x) consumer spending trends in general for
casual dining occasions, (xi) potential uninsured losses and liabilities due
to limitations on insurance coverage, (xii) fluctuating commodity costs and
availability of food in general and certain raw materials related to the
brewing of our handcrafted beers and energy, (xiii) trademark and service-mark
risks, (xiv) government regulations and licensing costs, (xv) beer and liquor
regulations, (xvi) loss of key personnel, (xvii) inability to secure
acceptable sites, (xviii) legal proceedings, (xix) other general economic and
regulatory conditions and requirements, (xx) the success of our key
sales-building and related operational initiatives, and (xxi) numerous other
matters discussed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange
Commission, including its recent reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K. 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.

CONTACT: Greg Levin of BJ's Restaurants, Inc. at (714) 500-2400

BJ's Restaurants, Inc.