Black Bear Diner39s meatloaf dinner

Black Bear Diner's meatloaf dinner.

Gas prices, breakfast lift family-dining sales

Restaurant chains such as Black Bear Diner report strong earnings results

Bruce Dean has noticed a pattern in the 20 years since he and Bob Manley founded their family-dining concept Black Bear Diner.

“When gas prices are low like this, we get a kick up in volume,” Dean said. “When they get sky-high, we notice people stop coming in as much.”

Business has been good for Black Bear, a 63-unit chain based in Redding, Calif. With gas prices 16.5-percent lower than they were a year ago, the chain’s same-store sales ro

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