About Black Bear Diner
Black Bear Diner has quickly become one of the top performing “anti-chains” nationwide. Read more about our history, proud accomplishments and recent growth below.
Black Bear Diner, founded in 1995, is a fast-growing, community-oriented, family dining concept that offers a one-of-a-kind experience in a fun, bear-themed atmosphere. Black Bear Diner was born from a desire to bring home-style comfort food classics and personal service back to the dining experience. The brand is strategically growing its national footprint, with a goal of 100 locations by 2018.
Our Bear Sculptures
Sweeping, colorful, bear-mottled murals give our diners a little more magic. We’re proud to say that each restaurant features custom artwork from the inside out. The tradition began when co-founder Bob Manley, a sculptor and art enthusiast, wanted a way to show off the sweeping Mt. Shasta landscapes we call home — while making diners feel a little more at home, too. He commissioned the dynamic duo of Steve and Gary Fitzgerald to install one of their masterpieces on the outside of the Mt. Shasta location, and the rest is history. In addition to the Fitzgeralds’ art, we also currently feature mural artwork by Colleen Mitchell-Veyna, whose work often inspires a mix of awe and awwwww.
At Black Bear Diner, our philosophy is that you get out of the community only half of what you put into it — and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Giving to our local communities whilst supporting nationwide endeavors is extremely important to us. That’s why we’ve aligned ourselves with fantastic organizations like The National Parks Foundation and Make-A-Wish Foundation, in addition to celebrating local charities. We even give you the chance to assist us with donations through our Bear Dine and Donate program.
As we continue to grow, our mission has remained unchanged: be the best diner we can possibly be, and create a place where joy, belonging, and love are key ingredients at every meal — where employees are treated like family, and customers are welcomed with open arms. And while we’re serious about making high-quality, soul-satisfying food, we always do it with a smile.
1995 in Mount Shasta, California
98 stores in 8 Western states
National Park Foundation
Best-Selling Menu Item
Chicken Fried Steak