Tucson is about to find out what all the fuss is about the California-based Black Bear Diner chain.

Is it the old-fashioned, homestyle comfort food — think Cracker Barrel-esque chicken-fried steak, classic two-eggs, ham steak and hash browns, and the never failing meatloaf — or the over-the-top bear motif including the gigantic 12-foot-tall carved black bear holding the "Welcome" sign that greets you at the door? 

Black Bear Diner Tucson will open sometime this summer in a 5,500-square-foot space at 6095 E. Broadway that was once home to a Coco's Bakery Restaurant. The Tucson Coco's closed in spring 2015 as part of the corporate parent's sweeping and dramatic downsizing that affected 75 restaurants nationwide.

Black Bear Diner's other Arizona locations include at 1809 E. Baseline Road in Gilbert, 6039 W. Bell Road in Glendale and 7700 S. Priest Drive in Tempe.

Click here to see Black Bear's menu. 

Contact reporter Cathalena E. Burch at cburch@tucson.com or 573-4642. On Twitter @Starburch

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