California Pizza Kitchen announces franchise opening in Costa Rica

Casual dining leader continues franchise growth with expansive two-story location in Costa Rica

COSTA MESA, California, 17 November 2022 /PRNewswire/ — California Pizza kitchen (CPK), the creator of California pizza, announced the opening of a new franchise location in Costa Ricawhich further expands CPK’s global footprint i Latin America. The restaurant will be located in the Multiplaza shopping center in Escazu, outside San Jose. This newest CPK franchise builds on a significant year for the brand, which opened new restaurants in Canada, Indiaand Chile earlier this year.

CPK’s latest franchise location will be owned and operated by Byron Mora Porraschairman of Conceptos Gastronomicos, part of a larger company that currently operates restaurants and retail stores in eleven countries throughout the Central and South America.

“We are excited to work with partners like Byron and his team who share the same brand principles and values ​​that CPK has operated for over 35 years. We look forward to working with his team to bring CPK’s fresh California inspired kitchen for Costa Rica,” said George Minardi, Executive Vice President of Global and Franchise Operations for CPK. “A living, cultural melting pot, Costa Rica is the ideal place to grow our incredible brand and we plan to open an additional location there soon.”

Located just outside the lively capital San Jose in the popular district of Escazu, the new restaurant is part of the newly renovated Multiplaza shopping center, which caters to both local Costa Ricans and tourists. The expansive two-story restaurant features floor-to-ceiling windows and a large outdoor patio area to embrace the warm, tropical climate of Costa Rica. Shoppers looking for a place to relax for lunch or dine with family and friends can enjoy the spacious indoor dining area filled with California themed accents that celebrate the state’s sunny, laid-back atmosphere. In addition to its classic California-inspired hand-tossed pizzas, pastas and desserts, the menu will feature specialty items like CPK’s Carbonara Pasta, Dynamite Shrimp, Hot Wings and the new West Coast Burger, which launched last October. The West Coast Burger is made with a signature beef blend of Wagyu, Chuck and Brisket topped with melted American cheese, Nueske’s applewood smoked bacon, caramelized onions, tomato, pickles, lettuce and homemade burger sauce and served with crispy fries.

“As we work with consumers around the globe, we know that California Pizza Kitchen’s innovative cuisines and cooking styles will resonate deeply with Costa Ricans.” Byron Mora Porras, president of Conceptos Gastronomicos. “We are grateful that CPK has given us the flexibility to tailor our menu and restaurant design to meet the needs of our customers here in Costa Rica. With a beautiful multi-level outdoor area, this restaurant will give Costa Ricans a place to experience the taste and feel of California in their own homeland.”

The new restaurant is located on Boulevard Camino Real, off Autopista Prospero Fernandez Hwy, Escazu, Costa Rica10201 and is open from 11:0022:00 daily. For more information, follow @cpkcostarica on Instagram.

California Pizza Kitchen gives franchisees flexibility with customizable menus, design layouts and multiple day-part offerings so each location can individually adapt to local market needs. These key differentiators have positioned the brand as an attractive investment by experienced multi-unit franchisees. Visit www.cpk.com/franchise to learn more about franchise development opportunities and available markets with the brand.

About California Pizza Kitchen
In 1985, California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) opened its first restaurant in Beverly Hills, introducing diners to gourmet California-inspired pizza. With a passion for combining fresh, seasonal ingredients with flavor inspirations from around the world, today CPK is a global brand serving creative Californian cuisine in more than 180 restaurants in 11 countries and US territories. From its innovative, hearty pizzas like The Original BBQ Chicken, Thai Chicken and California Club, to inventive salads and unique pasta dishes that combine the old world with the new, CPK does everything with an imaginative California-inspired twist that guests love.

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