William Tilley is the founder of the BJ's Restaurant chain.
BJ's Restaurants, Inc. owned and operated 82 restaurants located in California, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, Nevada, Florida, Ohio, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Indiana, Louisiana and Washington.
Each of the Company's restaurants is operated either as a BJ's Restaurant & Brewery that includes a brewery within the restaurant, a BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse that receives the beer BJ's sells from one of its breweries or an approved third-party craft brewer of its recipe beers (contract brewer), or a BJ's Pizza & Grill, which is a smaller format, full-service restaurant. The Company's menu features the BJ's deep-dish pizza, its own handcrafted beers, as well as a selection of appetizers, entrees, pastas, sandwiches, specialty salads and desserts, including the Pizookie dessert.
Sold in February 2014 for $18,825,000