The first Black Bear Diner was opened in 1995 near Mt. Shasta by Laurie and Bob Manley along with their partner Bruce Dean. In choosing a name and a theme for their restaurant, they decided on the black bear, which is native to the Mt. Shasta area. The family of restaurants has grown to more than 60 in eight Western states.
The founders said the goal at all their restaurants, including the new one in Pleasanton, is "a desire to bring home-style cooking and personal service back to the dining experience."
The restaurant also will feature original artwork by Steve and Gary Fitzgerald, who have 110 murals of nature scenes on display at Black Bear restaurants and other locations. Another Black Bear mural artist whose works are in the restaurant is Colleen Mitchell-Veyna of Visalia.
Diners and especially their children will enjoy the bear carvings, done by Ray Schultz of Deer Park, Wash. Schulz has carved more than 200 bears for Black Bear diners so far.
The Manleys, Dean and their restaurant managers and staff are also active in the communities where they're located. Black Bear will have a float in Saturday night's Holiday Parade on Main Street and the new restaurant has already joined the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce.
Black Bear Diner on Hopyard Road will be open starting Monday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
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