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Sprouts & Shutters: Black Bear Diner Coming To Pleasanton

The restaurant chain plans to open in the fall

A new restaurant is coming to Pleasanton this fall.

Black Bear Diner plans to renovate the former 5,000-square-foot site of the Abhiruchi Indian restaurant at 5100 Hopyard Road.

Celina Gonzales will be the franchisee of the restaurant. She now oversees three other Black Bear Diners in the Bay Area.

Gonzales said she hopes to have the Pleasanton eatery open in September or October.

She thinks Pleasanton is a "good fit" for a Black Bear restaurant.

"I love Pleasanton," said Gonzales. "It's a place where there are so many families."

Weechee Warrick April 10, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Black Bear isn't bad. Good fit for the freeway on/off spot, especially since Buttercup closed. Its not like they're replacing some beloved local place. That Indian restaurant was atrocious.
Sharleen Valentine April 10, 2013 at 04:45 PM
@John Charles-don't be so rude-it detracts from your argument. I hope it is a great success-the food pics on yelp look delicious. It's nice that an empty building will once again be put to use and jobs created.
Billy D April 10, 2013 at 05:08 PM
We have eaten at many Black Bear Diners and they are very good, especially breakfast. I would reserve your comments until you eat at the restaurant. It will be a very good addition to Pleasanton
Erin April 10, 2013 at 06:11 PM
My family loves Black Bear! It is very reasonably priced and family oriented...just what Pleasanton needs!
jaycee April 10, 2013 at 10:57 PM
Looking forward to it! Eaten there a couple of times at various locations and it was very good!
susan April 11, 2013 at 01:33 AM
We stop at one for dinner every time we are traveling where there is one. Just too bad it won't be in Livermore.
Jon April 11, 2013 at 03:21 AM
We are Americans, there are no such thing as portions 'too huge'! In all seriousness, this place is delicious!
John Charles April 11, 2013 at 02:33 PM
Let's all get real...this restaurant is yet another "get fat" restaurant, serving canned and bagged food stuffs, without integrity or substance. It is a shame that most of the people commenting on this new opening are so primary in their knowledge of what food is and that it is not something that a restaurant like BB or the Cheesecake Factory can slop onto plates to turn a quick buck. It is shameful that Pleasanton has not one decent restaurant....anyone with any clue about food travels outside the boundaries of P-town. What is wrong with this town? Not a bad place to live, but come on...the food is down right insulting! Glad to hear all of these losers are excited about this new and trashy addition to the "fat food nation" in Pleasanton...eat up fatty! P.S. this is not what Pleasanton needs, if you want family fun there are pleanty of unhealthy choices already.
John Charles April 11, 2013 at 02:34 PM
Are you mentally ill? Nothing would be better than this load of crap.
Matt April 11, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Good food at a fair price, a great addition. In fact, the portions are large enough to satisfy even the hungriest of trolls, so there is no need to feed them here.
Andy Smith April 13, 2013 at 01:15 PM
I LOVE BLACK BEAR DINER!!! Ahhh, this news made my day. I kept telling my friends, "We need a BBD in Pleasanton!"---and now we're getting one, and it is located VERY conveniently to my house. This is so awesome!! Ever since Buttercup Pantry left, we haven't had a nice, casual, local diner like this. I predict huge success for this restaurant!
Andy Smith April 13, 2013 at 01:19 PM
Say WHAT??? It sounds like you are one of those food snobs that I loathe. "Excuse me, waiter, but is this hamburger sustainable??". Or, "I'd like to order iced tea, but only if it's fair trade". Blah!! Just vote with your wallet and go wherever the heck you want to go. For the rest of us, we will be LOVING us some BBD! Their breakfasts are incredibly awesome. Wait until they open--you will see a full parking lot all the time (especially on Sat/Sun mornings, where there will be a 30 minute wait for a table).
Mark April 14, 2013 at 12:24 AM
I love BB Diner! Ever since we discovered one of them on I-5 (Willows) on the way up to Oregon, it's always a scheduled stop. Yep, John Charles, it is big food. So don't go. The rest of us will appreciate your absence and allow us faster seating.
Mark April 14, 2013 at 12:38 AM
"Are you mentally ill? Nothing would be better than this load of crap." Wow, John Charles, so you really DO like it...no other place (on EARTH!!!) would be better...Not even Chez Panisse, French Laundry, or any other Michelin 3 star restaurant. I bet you'll end up there eventually, though probably in disguise. Lighten up.....
John Charles April 14, 2013 at 01:07 AM
Hard to lighen-up when I have to drive out of Pleasanton to get food...real food. Such a pitty Pleasanton cannot support a decent restaurant....Slop the hogs!
Erika Goff Manhart April 14, 2013 at 03:25 PM
That's great! I love that place!
Jimmer April 14, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Calm down there a tad John Charles. Pleasanton has plenty of great food offerings for everyone, from foodies to the normal Joe, many of which have won several awards. If for some bizarre reason you feel that you would rather have yet another empty building gathering dust instead of a new business/restaurant bringing in additional tax revenue, maybe you should consider living in a town suited. Since you sound more like a disgruntled ex employee of one your previously mentioned "Get fat" establishments, I'm not terribly surprised at the anger your currently sharring with us. If you lack the capability to control your own eating habits, maybe driving outside of Pleasanton to eat all the time isn't your best option, maybe you should instead try to stay home and make your own "healthy" food and keep your derogatory opinions to yourself.
Jon April 14, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Have a little self control Charles. Just because there is a large amount of food in front of you, doesn't mean you have to eat it all. It's a wonder you are ever able to get out of a grocery store alive!
Andy Smith April 14, 2013 at 05:41 PM
John Charles: I'm curious. You say you have to drive out of Pleasanton to get real food. Care to give an example or two of what "real food" is?
John Charles April 14, 2013 at 07:00 PM
real food: food stuffs that are not processed, frozen, or otherwise made to taste like tasteless mush..
Andy Smith April 14, 2013 at 07:01 PM
But I see you are unable to give any examples. Interesting.
Mark April 15, 2013 at 03:38 AM
And have you ever actually eaten at one? It's not haute cuisine, it's comfort food. It's at least three times better than Denny's (and that one around the corner better be really worried). Denny's is consistent. You go because you know what you're gonna get. And you keep going back because you like it. You don't care whether it's food or "foodstuff". It makes you feel good and fills you up. I would hazard a guess that quite a few patrons of Black Bear Diner have far more culinary experience than you. And yet they keep going back. I guess you can only eat at Oliveto so many times before returning to Black Bear Diner for Chicken Fried Steak. To quote a Petaluma restaurant owner, " Good food tastes good". Simple yet profound...think about it Now pass me another biscuit....
David Doty April 16, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Love the feedback Pleasanton...!!! We are sooooo excited to bring BBD to Pleasanton. Thanks to all that are so welcoming to us. love hearing how many of you get us... and what we are about. We certainly are true to our name that we are based on a Diner. Casual, come as you are atmosphere with solid food and a great Price/value relationship. We certainly never have thought of ourselves as a culinary experience, just good old fashioned family food, and yes, lots of it. We are proud that we do actually make much of our items on the premise. We house make our meatloaf,,, yes, starting with ground beef and all. We take ground pork, and make our own pork patties, and we bake our own biscuits everyday. thanks again, and looking forward to becoming a neighbor in Pleasanton, CA!
Andy Smith April 16, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Awesome! Thanks for posting the note. I can not wait until you open!! (You're going to give the Dublin iHop a run for their customers, I'm sure!).
Jeanne May 01, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Fabulous...Can't wait...breakfast is favorite meal of the day for my family. Visited several BBD in other areas...always a good experience all around. Good to know there are many food choices in our area.
Brandon June 12, 2013 at 05:27 PM
Black Bear Diner is great. I eat at their restaurant in Mt. Shasta when traveling on I-5 and at their Walnut Creek and Gilroy locations. Not only do they have great comfort food but also have a great ambiance with hand carved bears and murals done by real artists. Good addition to the Tri-Valley.
Deborah Moyer September 28, 2013 at 10:20 AM
Okay, September is nearly over and there's still no sign of movement in the Bearification Process! I wants me my Black Bear! Any word on what the hold up is?
Autumn Johnson (Editor) September 30, 2013 at 09:32 AM
@Deborah: It has been taking a while for the "Bearification" of the Black Bear! A good sign is that it is actually moving forward is that they are having a hiring fair coming up: http://pleasanton.patch.com/groups/events/p/job-fair--black-bear-diner-oct-8-9--10-from-9am-to-5pm
Andy Smith September 30, 2013 at 11:47 AM
Oh interesting! I was wondering what the delay was. Every time I drive by, it looks exactly the same.
Deborah Moyer October 02, 2013 at 09:09 AM
Thank you Autumn! That's good news. @Andy, yes! That is what prompted my comment! ;-)

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