Pizza and beer are a tasty pairing. A profitable one too.
BJ's Restaurants Inc. specializes in deep-dish pizza and offers its own brand of craft-brewed beer, a combination that has helped it grow from a single restaurant in Santa Ana to 132 locations in 15 states.
After its start in 1978, the Huntington Beach company grew slowly in Southern California. In 1996, it opened its first brewery — at its restaurant in Brea — and began selling beers that carried the BJ's name. That was also the year it went public.
Today, BJ's has an expanded menu. In addition to its deep-dish pizza, its restaurants offer hand-tossed pizza, burgers, salads and pasta dishes in an...