Black Bear Diner is a restaurant chain in the western united states which serves home-style and "old-fashioned" comfort foods . The first restaurant was opened in California in 1994, founded by Bob and Laurie Manley with help from Bruce Dean. The company is based in Redding, California. It now claims 81 locations in eight states, 48 of which are in California.
Black Bear decor has a rustic motif with "over-the-top bear paraphernalia". Every restaurant is decorated with a 12-foot-tall (3.7 m) black bear carving by artist Ray Schulz. Additional murals and artwork are created for each restaurant by Steve and Gary Fitzgerald and Colleen Mitchell-Veyna. The menu format mimics an old newspaper titled: The Black Bear Gazette with articles on the front page. It offers family meals such as breakfast, burgers, salads, and shakes. Baked goods prepared on site are offered, and some locations offer alcohol sales.