Black Bear Diner Announces Key Addition to Executive Leadership Team

Restaurant industry veteran Tim Kaliher named chief operating officer
for the rapidly expanding family dining chain

REDDING, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#BlackBearDiner–Black Bear Diner, the rapidly expanding family dining concept
headquartered in Redding, California, announced today the addition of
restaurant industry veteran Tim Kaliher as chief operating officer.
Kaliher, formerly vice president of operations for O’Charleys, Inc., is
responsible for leading Black Bear Diner’s operational efficiency as the
concept expands nationally. He is a member of the executive leadership

“Our growth trajectory is accelerating quickly,” said Bruce Dean, CEO
and co-founder of Black Bear Diner. “Tim’s leadership, experience and
operational savvy will ensure that we remain efficient and effective in
several aspects of our growth plan. Tim is an important addition to the
Black Bear Diner family and we are very happy to have him on board.”

Black Bear Diner has experienced 22 consecutive quarters of increased
same-store sales and also achieved an 18 percent increase in system wide
sales in 2015. The brand growth is being fueled by a mix of new and
existing franchisees in existing markets, as well as corporate stores in
newer markets. Black Bear Diner is on track to open up 14 new units in
2016, and already has 20 units in the pipeline for 2017. The brand has a
goal of 100 units by 2018, with an eye towards eastward expansion.

“I’m excited to join a brand that has tremendous momentum in the family
dining segment,” said Kaliher. “This is a unique opportunity to help a
strong brand sustain its robust growth pattern and work with a very
talented roster of industry leaders. I’m thrilled to be part of the
Black Bear Diner family.”

The executive leadership team of Black Bear Diner includes Bruce Dean,
CEO and co-founder; Robin Yoshimura, chief financial officer; Doug
Branigan, chief development officer; David Doty, chief marketing
officer; and Tim Kaliher, chief operating officer.

Black Bear Diner is an award-winning family dining concept offering
bear-sized food portions at an excellent value, with locations spread
across eight western states. All Black Bear Diner restaurants feature a
unique bear-inspired and log-cabin theme, designed to remind guests of a
time when life was a little simpler and service and quality were the
cornerstones of business.

About Black Bear Diner

Founded in Mt. Shasta, California in 1995, Black Bear Diner was born
from a desire to bring home-style comfort food classics and personal
service back to the dining experience. The family dining concept offers
a vast menu anchored on hearty portions and excellent value. The
franchise has grown to 81 locations in eight western states and is
consistently recognized as one of the fastest and smartest growing
concepts by industry observers. For more information, please visit


for Black Bear Diner
Jairo Moncada, 916-783-6161