2014 Next 20: Black Bear Diner

2014 Next 20: Black Bear Diner

NRN takes a look at 20 restaurant chains best positioned to crack the Top 200 — and what they’re doing to get there. RELATED: • Spotlight on the 2014 Next 20 • Overview: Meet the NRN 2014 Next 20 • Infographic: The Next 20 at a glance • 2014 Next 20: Sales and Unit Trends

At Black Bear Diner, it’s all about value — and bears.

Bob and Laurie Manley, along with partner Bruce Dean, founded Black Bear Diner in Mt. Shasta, Calif., as a restaurant offering American comfort foods in a bear-infested, mountain lodge-themed setting that defies simple categorization.

Black Bear offers food and service more befitting of casual dining, despite its diner name. Guests feel they’re getting a great value, said Doug Branigan, Black Bear

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