TravelCenters of America Opens Black Bear Diner in Arizona

Fourth location continues company's move into made-to-order foodservice
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Photograph courtesy of TravelCenters of America

WESTLAKE, Ohio — TravelCenters of America LLC has opened a Black Bear Diner at its TA-branded travel center in Kingman, Ariz.

The full-service restaurant offers a sit-down dining option for dinner, lunch and all-day breakfast. Menu items include Chicken-Fried Steak & Eggs, Bob’s Big Bear Burger, Wild Alaska Pesto Salmon and more. The restaurant is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and seats about 150 people.

This is the fourth Black Bear Diner operated by the company's TA Restaurant Group (TARG). The others are in Arvin and Barstow, Calif., and Beaumont, Texas.

“We’ve been thrilled with the popularity and success of the Black Bear Diners among our customers and are happy to add yet another to our restaurant group,” said John Ponczoch, senior vice president of TARG. “We strive to provide a ‘home away from home’ experience for all our customers and these restaurants provide a dining option that is unique and welcoming, with the comforts of home.”

This continues TravelCenters of America’s push into made-to-order foodservice. In late October, the company announced plans to open 94 IHOP restaurants in TA and Petro-branded travel centers within the next five years through a new partnership with the Glendale, Calif.-based restaurant chain. Weeks later, the company opened a Boston Market restaurant at its TA-branded travel center in Lafayette, La.

“We are extremely pleased with the TA Restaurant Group’s opening in Kingman, Ariz., their fourth franchised Black Bear Diner,” said Bruce Dean, co-Founder and CEO of Black Bear Diner. “As an experienced and successful operator with thriving Black Bear Diners in Arvin and Barstow, Calif., and in Beaumont, Texas, we look forward to the continued growth of this important franchise partnership.”

Redding, Calif.-based Black Bear Diner is known for its large portions of homestyle comfort food. The company operates 133 stores in 13 states.

TARG includes nearly 650 quick-service and full-service restaurants and eight proprietary restaurant brands, including Quaker Steak & Lube, Iron Skillet and Country Pride.

TravelCenters of America, with headquarters in Westlake, Ohio, has more than 260 locations in 43 states and Canada, principally under the TA, Petro Stopping Centers and TA Express travel-center brands. The chain is No. 29 in CSP’s 2019 Top 202 ranking of c-store chains by number of retail outlets.

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