BJ's expects commodity cost relief in '09

HUNTINGTON BEACH Calif. BJ’s Restaurants Inc. said Thursday that lower-than-expected commodity costs for the year ahead will help the company keep menu pricing down at its 82 casual-dining restaurants.

BJ’s expects its commodity costs to rise in 2009 by about 3 percent, which is lower than the company’s previous estimate for an increase between 5 percent and 6 percent.

The lower food costs will help BJ’s restaurant continue to provide an

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