California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) announced the opening of a new franchise location in Costa Rica, expanding the company’s global footprint in Latin America. The announcement comes after a slew of new openings including at Los Angeles airport and India’s business district.
CPK’s franchise location will be owned and operated by Byron Mora Porras, Chairman of Conceptos Gastronomicos, part of a larger company that currently operates restaurants and retail stores in eleven countries throughout Central and South America.
“We are happy to be working with partners like Byron and his team who have the same brand principles and values that CPK has been executing for over 35 years. We look forward to working with his team to bring CPK’s fresh California inspired cuisine to Costa Rica,” said Giorgio Minardi, Executive Vice President of Global and Franchise Operations for CPK. “A vibrant, 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 capital city of San Jose in the district of Escazu, the new restaurant will cater to local Costa Ricans and tourists. In addition to its classic California-inspired hand-tossed pizzas, pastas and desserts, the menu will feature special items like CPK’s Carbonara Pasta, Dynamite Shrimp and the new West Coast Burger which launched this past October.
“While working with consumers across the globe, we know California Pizza Kitchen’s innovative cuisines and cooking styles will resonate heavily with Costa Ricans,” commented Byron Mora Porras, Chairman of Conceptos Gastronomicos. “We’re 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 space, this restaurant will provide a place for Costa Ricans to experience the taste and feel of California in their own home country.”
CPK provides franchisees with customisable menus, design layouts and daypart offerings so each location can cater to local market needs.
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