February 18, 2015 // Franchising.com // TEMECULA, CALIF. – BMW Management, Sizzler's largest franchise group, has broken ground on a new restaurant at 4762 W. Florida Ave. in Hemet. Scheduled to open this spring, it will replace the current Sizzler at 1023 E. Florida Ave. in Hemet.
The new 8,000 square foot, 250-seat restaurant, which BMW calls the "New Generation Sizzler," will be 40 percent larger than the current location. Modeled after BMW's flagship restaurant in Murrieta, it will feature a new upscale design and décor.
"The Hemet-San Jacinto area has been very loyal to Sizzler over the years, and in fact, many guests have even been driving to Murrieta because they enjoy the New Generation Sizzler so much," said Gary Myers, BMW president and CEO. He added that BMW looked into remodeling the current restaurant, but the location and parking were not sufficient. "We really want to give our guests the all-new, best-in-class restaurant and experience that they deserve," he added.
The new location's workforce will be approximately 60 percent larger than the current restaurant's. BMW will host a job fair in early spring to hire additional staff.
Along with Sizzler's famous fresh, hand-cut, USDA Choice steaks and signature Salad Bar, several new menu items and dining features will be introduced.
"Building and opening a large restaurant represents a very significant investment," Myers said. "The decision to expand in Hemet shows how much faith and confidence we have in the Hemet-San Jacinto area and in the Sizzler brand."
Based in Temecula, BMW operates 22 Sizzler restaurants in California. It acquired the Hemet location in 1995. Sally Myers, Vice President – Marketing, founded the area's Student of the Month Program in 1993. Today, BMW is a partner in the Hemet-San Jacinto program.
BMW has received the prestigious Spirit of Entrepreneurship and the Best of the Best awards given by the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship at Cal State San Bernardino, the Temecula Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year award and the Perris Hero in Education award.
The exact opening date will be announced later this year.