Bethany Clough

Black Bear Diner in Fresno one step closer to opening. It’s hiring on Thursday

Black Bear Diner is taking over the former Marie Callender’s Restaurant & Bakery space on West Shaw Avenue. It is slated to open in February or March of 2019.
Black Bear Diner is taking over the former Marie Callender’s Restaurant & Bakery space on West Shaw Avenue. It is slated to open in February or March of 2019.

Fresno’s first Black Bear Diner is one step closer to opening.

You’ll still have to wait until next year for the restaurant to open, likely in February or March, but the restaurant is moving ahead with hiring for its new location, said Amy Rose, the director of operations for San Joaquin Valley Corporation, which owns the Fresno location.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, the restaurant will hold open interviews. The restaurant is at 3602 W. Shaw Ave., near Marty Avenue, in the former Marie Callender’s Restaurant & Bakery.

It is seeking 100 workers, for all kinds of positions, but especially cooks, Rose said.

“Bring your resume, bring your smile – that’s important to me,” she said.

Job seekers can also apply at Black Bear Diner online at Indeed.com and email bbdfresno@gmail.com.

There is still plenty of work to be done inside the restaurant, fixing holes in the floors where plumbing was pulled up, Rose said.

Rose’s family-run company owns Black Bear franchises in Los Banos, Madera, Visalia, Tulare, Hanford and Porterville. The family also owns Ryan’s Place Restaurants in Hanford and Visalia.

Although there are Black Bear Diners all up and down Highway 99, this will be the first in Fresno. Plans had originally called for a newly built location in Clovis, but costs skyrocketed and the owners pulled out.

Demand for a Fresno location has been huge.

Customers are passionate about the restaurant, known for its big portions and serving breakfast all day.

The menu includes options like biscuits and gravy, a tri-tip dinner platter, blackberry cobbler, and, of course, a bear claw pastry. But it’s the chicken-fried steak – both the bigfoot version and a smaller version – that is the main attraction.

Bethany Clough: 559-441-6431, @BethanyClough
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