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California chain that serves breakfast, dinner menus all day adds Olathe location

Where the inspiration for Black Bear Diner started

Growing up in Mount Shasta, CA, co-founder Bob Manley helped craft the brand of Black Bear Diner from his experience growing up in a small town and his love for bears.
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Growing up in Mount Shasta, CA, co-founder Bob Manley helped craft the brand of Black Bear Diner from his experience growing up in a small town and his love for bears.

Black Bear Diner, which previously confirmed plans to enter the market with an Independence restaurant, has now confirmed an Olathe location.

The California-based chain has been expanding to the Midwest and plans a dozen new locations this year, including one near Menards, at South Little Blue Parkway and Interstate 70 in Independence.

It also plans to open a location at 11981 S. Strang Line Road, Olathe, later this year.

Zio’s Italian Kitchen formerly operated in the space.

Black Bear Diner’s breakfast, lunch and dinner menus are served all day.

Items include: corned beef hash, omelets, scrambles, avocado toast, breakfast burritos, pancakes, waffles and French toast, fried chicken, Wild Alaska pesto salmon, house-made meatloaf, slow-cooked pot roast, steaks, chicken and waffles, fish and chips, and pecan-crusted trout.

On Friday nights it features an all-you-can-eat fish fry. On Saturday and Sunday nights it offers prime rib specials.

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Joyce Smith has covered restaurant and retail news for The Star since 1989 under the brand Cityscape. She appreciates news tips.

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