BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse to open on Harbison Blvd.

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If you haven’t visited the Harbison area lately, you might not have seen the former Romano’s Macaroni Grill building is now gone.

In its place will be a new restaurant and brewhouse opening later this year.

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse is set to open at 148 Harbison Blvd this summer. It will be the first location in South Carolina.

The establishment will feature the company’s proprietary craft beers and a variety of food, including deep-dish pizza, salads, sandwiches, pastas entrees and desserts.

“Every BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse offers 11 award-winning signature beers and cider on tap,” public relations representative Lauren Hendeles said. “In addition, BJ’s releases more than 10 rotating seasonal beers throughout the year. BJ’s operates six breweries in five states and takes pride in crafting the highest quality beer.”

The BJ’s franchise will be scattered across at least 25 states when the Harbison location opens.

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The Company’s 190+ restaurants are currently located in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

BJ’s first opened in 1978 as a pizza shop in Santa Ana, California.

In 2012, the National Retail Federation listed BJ’s Restaurants as one of the Top 10 fastest growing restaurant chains in the United States.

Hendeles said the company will announce an opening date and hiring information in the coming weeks.

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