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Black Bear Diner lists Kingman among upcoming locations

Bear-themed hot sauce is one of many bears at Black Bear Diner. Black Bear Diner is looking at a location in Kingman for a future restaurant. It would be one of 12 locations in Arizona, including Bullhead City and Lake Havasu City. (Photo by Claire Whitley/Daily Miner)

Bear-themed hot sauce is one of many bears at Black Bear Diner. Black Bear Diner is looking at a location in Kingman for a future restaurant. It would be one of 12 locations in Arizona, including Bullhead City and Lake Havasu City. (Photo by Claire Whitley/Daily Miner)

KINGMAN – Black Bear Diner has Kingman on its radar for future locations, though no details were released on when the restaurant will open or where it will be located.

The Redding, California-based restaurant chain has about 120 locations, primarily in the West. There are 11 locations in Arizona, including Bullhead City and Lake Havasu City.

Black Bear Diner was included in the 2018 Top 200 Report by Nation’s Restaurant News, moving up to No. 151 from No. 172 based on total sales for 2017.

It was also recognized as one of the nation’s top 10 fastest-growing chains by Nation’s Restaurant News, highlighted as a “disruptor” in the family dining market, noting marker share gains on national brands.

“Black Bear Diner is a fast-growing, community-oriented, family dining concept that offers great food in a fun, bear-themed atmosphere,” the company’s website states. “Born from a desire to bring home-style comfort food classics and personal service back to the dining experience, the brand is strategically growing its national footprint.”

Black Bear is the latest in a rash of restaurant chains moving into Kingman. Jersey Mike’s and Dunkin Donuts opened in mid-September at 3535 Stockton Hill Road, with Menchies Frozen Yogurt coming next, and Dairy Queen has begun grading the former site of Paco’s Tacos.

Also, Perkins Restaurant initially planned to open at Kingman Square Shopping Center in November, though no progress has been made since the announcement earlier this year. Franchise owner Rick Griffith has extended the lease for the land through June 2019.