BJ's Brings Brews and Bites to Bowie 4

For those who are lamenting the loss of Duclaw’s in the Bowie Town Center, take notice; there’s a new brewery in town.

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse took over the old Sears Auto Center and opened its doors November 20 of last year. Suffice it to say, it’s been a hot spot ever since.

Many of you may have confused them with BJ’s Wholesale, but the fact is these guys have been around for a while. BJ’s opened its first location in Santa Ana, California, in 1978. And, while the Bowie restaurant is only the fourth to open in Maryland, there are more than 198 BJ’s locations nationwide.

The first thing that jumps out is how serious they are about beer. It’s all over their walls and hanging from their ceiling and, according to General Manager Desmond Kane, they have quite a bit to brag about.

“We have six breweries that create amazingly unique beers year-round and our core beers are award-winning. We really do have something for everyone,” Desmond says.

In addition to their signature beers, BJ’s has a bevy of delicious signature cocktails like the Pink Cadillac and Alabama Sunset. If it’s food that you’re after, you have more than 137 menu items to choose from. While they are known for their signature Chicago-style deep dish pizza, the selections really run the gamut—from seared ahi salads and shrimp scampis, to Mediterranean chicken tacos and prime rib dinners.

Their happy hour has quickly become one of the hottest tickets in town. With happy hour in the bar running from 3 to 7 p.m., and again from 10 p.m. to close Sunday through Thursday, the bar area quickly becomes standing room only.

According to Desmond, the response has been overwhelming in the best possible way.

“The community is very diverse with a deep and proud history,” he says. “It means a lot that they have embraced us.”