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National chain takes a local, family-friendly approach to food service
Evansville's favorite BJ's menu item is burgers, especially the Hickory Brisket and Bacon Burger Special.

Opened in late August last year, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse at 1000 N. Green River Road is a casual dining chain that’s gained local popularity.

Originating as a California pizzeria in 1978, BJ’s has a diverse 80 percent home-made menu, including cream sodas, draft beers, gluten free and vegetarian options, slow-roasted meats, and signature Pizookies — a cookie baked in a pizza pan and served with ice cream.

“Since we have so many choices, it’s always easy to find something different here,” says General Manager Alonso Rodriguez. “In every market we can hit something special to the market.”

Accounting for about 20 percent of food sales, Evansville’s favorites are burgers, especially the Hickory Brisket and Bacon Burger Special — a juicy beef patty with bacon, brisket, cheddar-jack cheese, red onion, and barbeque sauce.

Despite experiencing a pandemic in their first year, BJ’s maintained success and adapted by creating a patio, installing plexiglass dividers, and expanding to-go options.

“We were able to refine our menu and make it safer to execute,” says Rodriguez. “The more ways you figure out to say yes, the better.”

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