Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, restaurant operator BJ's Restaurants (NASDAQ:BJRI) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at BJ's and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

BJ's facts



Headquarters (founded)

Huntington Beach, Calif. (1991)

Market Cap

$980.2 million



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$695.3 million


Chairman/CEO Gerald Deitchle
CFO Gregory Levin

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$38.6 million / $0


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Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 89% of the 418 members who have rated BJ's believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier this year, one of those bulls, fellow Fool Thomas Engle (TMF1000), succinctly summed up the BJ's bull case:

I like this company because it has a very small store base and is in only 13 states. They have excellent potential for expansion. The Company says 300+, I think that is too conservative. ...

I expect those store estimates to go up significantly as they continue to build out their store base. They have a low cost menu close to that of Buffalo Wild Wings which should help them when times are tougher. They majority of their restaurants are in states like California which were hit hard by the recession. ...

I believe [BJ's Pizza & Grill] could be the [Buffalo Wild Wings] of pizza, though they have televisions, they aren't a sport bar, but pizza is one of the U.S favorite foods with tens of thousands of pizza restaurants, there is huge amount of growth potential that [BJ's] can tap as they take market share from competitors. ... It won't grow fast, but steadily and without debt.

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