California Pizza Kitchen

For the first time in our 36-year history, we’re eager to engage new domestic franchisee partners that share a passion for creating memorable dining experiences and expand our reach to bring CPK to even more diners nationwide. CPK is a global brand serving creative California cuisine in nearly 200 restaurants worldwide, 12 international cities, and 8 countries and U.S. territories. From signature, hand-tossed pizzas and high-quality main plates to inventive better-for-you options, and handcrafted beverages, let's cheers to a delicious adventure for your tastebuds!

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What Does a California Pizza Kitchen Franchise Cost?

To buy a franchise with California Pizza Kitchen, you'll need to have $2,000,000 - $3,000,000 in liquid capital and a minimum net worth of $5,000,000. *

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Financial requirements for this franchise:
Liquid Capital:$2,000,000 - $3,000,000
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Net Worth:$5,000,000
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Note:Must commit to opening 3-5 restaurants in the first 5 years of partnership​


Options available to Franchisees:
Financing:Not Available
We have lots of flexibility with our partnership:
  • Location
  • Format
  • Menu

Franchisor Details

Facts about this Franchise:
Total Units:200
Home Office: Costa Mesa, California
Year Founded:1985
Franchising Since:1989

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Own A Piece Of California

When CPK opened its doors in 1985, it launched a leap forward in the food space, democratizing upscale pizza as a platform where fresh and creative flavors collide, served in a modern, stylish atmosphere where everyone feels welcome. Today, the idea of moving food and people forward is part of the fabric of who we are as a brand. You see, CPK is committed to evolving in perpetuity – but that’s only possible if we continue to grow our footprint and welcome new talent into our family so we can share our distinctly California way of life with more people every day.

The CPK Difference

  • Trust - For over 35 years, we've led innovative cuisine and friendly hospitality in the restaurant space
  • Brand - CPK brand is well recognized and evokes positive associations - upbeat, friendly, fresh and progressive
  • Flexibility - Our goal is to help our franchise partners succeed by giving flexibility in the location, design layout, menu category & daypart offering
  • Innovative - Our menu offers imaginative and globally relevant culinary experiences, born from a California state of mind

What Makes CPK Unique

  • The California Pizza Authority - When the first BBQ Chicken Pizza was created in our kitchen in 1985, it immediately burned down the barrier between upscale cuisine and comfort food and fired the imagination of every guest who tried it.
  • More Than Pizza - Did you know more than 60% of our menu is not pizza? We apply the same California-inspired imagination and creativity to categories such as Salads, Pastas, Main Plates, Soups, Desserts, and many others.
  • Commitment to Cali Fresh - There’s an expectation that things are healthier in California. Whether it's conscious sourcing, fresh ingredients made from scratch, or better‑for‑you innovation. California sets the bar. CPK delivers on this every day.
  • Our CPK Family - We believe in putting people first and providing an environment that encourages our team members to be unique, to pursue their passions, and enables them to make a difference in the success of our business.
  • CPK Culture - We are led by our core values of R.O.C.K.S. and practice these principles without exception as part of the CPK experience.

More Reasons to Join CPK

Partner Flexibility

  • Airport Partners - Looking for partners that can bring food and beverage concessions to airports all over the world. A counter-service format that offers a variety of pizzas, sandwiches, and breakfast options to busy travelers all throughout the day.
  • Captive Partners - Looking for partners that can bring food and beverage concessions to entertainment venues like sports arenas and casinos. Non–traditional settings that can offer full service or counter service.
  • Domestic Partners - Looking for experienced partners to expand our full-service restaurants in the US as we continue to grow our worldwide brand.
  • International Partners - Looking for experienced partners to help us expand our full-service restaurants into new international markets. Typically partnering with groups with a proven track record in the restaurant industry.

Locations available in the:

  • Northwest
  • North Central
  • Northeast
  • Southeast
  • South Central 
  • Canada (Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal)

Design & Menu Flexibility

  • Our Restaurants 
    • Express: Concession-style counter service, coupled with grab-and-go options, with a limited menu. Ideal for stadium and university locations. Approximately 750 sq ft or larger.
    • Kiosk: Quick service, grab-and-go options with a limited menu and seating. Small footprint kiosks are best suited for malls, business centers, and parks. Approximately 850 sq. ft. or larger.
    • Standard: Full-Service Dining with counter bar with a full menu. Approximately 4800 sq. ft or larger
    • Flagship: Full-Service Dining with extended bar and outdoor patio with a full menu. Approximately 5,800 sq ft. or larger
  • Our Menu
    • CPK is known and loved for culinary and experiential creativity. Our menu offers imaginative and globally relevant culinary experiences, born from a California state of mind. Regional flavor and flare are critically important to us, and it’s what our guests have come to expect. Join us as we help create a curated menu with core CPK Favorites, CPK Category Add-ins like Breakfast & Specialty Coffee Beverages, and Local Flavors.
    • Our head chef, Brian Sullivan is responsible for so many of our innovations and industry firsts over the years, from our Cauliflower Crust in 2017 to the just-launched Chickpea Crust. He works closely with our local partners to customize a portion of the menu with locally inspired recipes and ingredients.

Ideal Candidate

CPK is committed to inspiring others by bringing California creativity to every meal, and our vision is to bring this notion to everywhere we know people are hungry for something different. We are looking for passionate, experienced multi-unit operators in casual dining that are excited to bring the California brand to life across the globe. We are excited to expand into existing and new markets as we continue to grow our worldwide brand.​

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California Pizza Kitchen is currently accepting inquiries from the following states:

Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

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