Servers’ use of handheld tablets, open kitchens and a new thin-crust pizza could be in the future for BJ’s Restaurants Inc. locations nationwide if tests bear out at a new research-and-development concept in Southern California. Opened in late October, the new limited-menu variant called BJ’s Grill, in Anaheim Hills, Calif., totals 4,500 square feet, about half the size of a typical BJ’s. The venue was designed to allow BJ’s to test various operational and ...

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