BJ's Restaurants has opened a new BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse outside the Franklin Park Mall in Toledo.

It's the Huntington Beach, Calif.-based chain's first restaurant in Northwest Ohio and joins 12 other locations already open in Ohio. BJ's doesn't brew at the restaurants in the state but serves BJ's-made beers.

"We are excited to open our first restaurant of the year in Toledo, Ohio," CEO Greg Trojan said in a prepared statement.

BJ's said it plans to open seven to nine restaurants this year. The company, founded in 1978, owns and operates 202 restaurants in 27 states.