Expect a rash of bear sightings in Modesto's Plaza Parkway shopping center.
The Black Bear Diner opened Monday in the site of the former Bakers Square restaurant at 2200 Plaza Parkway, across from Wal-Mart.
The Mount Shasta-based restaurant chain has 42 sites in California, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona and Colorado.
Begun in 1995, it specializes in what General Manager Tim Thurman calls "good, old-fashioned country food, just like mom used to make."
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Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, the Black Bear Diner features an outdoors theme with log cabin touches and a jukebox with '50s and '60s music.
Its menu includes traditional favorites like meatloaf, pot roast and chicken fried steak. The breakfast menu, served all day, has hearty options like omelettes, waffles, pancakes and more.
The restaurant seats 135 and has hired 77 people.
The Black Bear Diner is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Call 529-1440 or go to www.blackbeardiner.com for details.
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Food is all in the family at Prem Indian Cuisine.
Ashwani Jairath and his brother- and father-in-law have started the Indian restaurant in Turlock after years in the catering business.
Opened March 6, Prem Indian Cuisine specializes in food from the northern part of the country. The space at 503 Golden State Blvd. seats about 100 and was formerly an El Rosal restaurant. Owner Jairath, along with father-son chefs Panna and Mohinder Sareen, has been catering for six years.
Their menu includes a variety of northern Indian favorites such as samosas, curries and rice pudding.
Prem Indian Cuisine has a lunch and dinner buffet daily with 30 to 35 items. Each buffet includes more than a half-dozen varieties of meat and vegetarian dishes and a salad bar.
It is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily for dining in or takeout. For more information, call 667-6200.
And finally, Modestans have a new place to satisfy a frozen yogurt craving.
Yogofina in McHenry Village opened March 12 in the site of the old Modesto Steam Laundry.
Part of an Alameda-based franchise, Yogofina specializes in low-fat, self-serve frozen yogurt. The yogurt is priced at a flat rate of 35 cents per ounce, no matter how many toppings are added.
Manager Sam Whang moved from Northridge to Modesto to open the shop. His father, David Whang, owns the store and his family has a wholesale business and smoothie shop in Southern California.
Yogofina seats about 14 indoors, and Whang has plans to open a patio later this spring.
The shop has 14 yogurt flavors every day, and the flavors change each month. In addition, there are more than 30 toppings to choose from, including fruit, cookies, chocolate and candy.
Yogofina is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. For more details, call 525-9646 or go to http://yogofina.com.
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