CPK opens in ‘own backyard’ in Laguna Niguel, California

New restaurant fulfills mission of brand expansion in core markets

California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) opened a new restaurant in its “own backyard” in Laguna Niguel, just 20 miles southeast of Costa Mesa. The location on La Paz Road is the former site of a Stonefire Grill eatery, and not far from CPK HQ in Los Angeles. The opening today follows the brand’s multi-year plan to expand in core markets, grow its domestic and international franchise store count, build out its licensing presence, and drive profitable guest traffic.

The expansive Laguna Niguel CPK seats 237 and comprises a large 6,733 square-foot indoor space and outdoor patio, seating 62. Plus, CPK indicated the west-facing space contains eight glass garage-style doors that can fully open to convert the space into an al-fresco dining experience. So in keeping with the Southern California climate, the weather should be conducive to year-round outdoor enjoyment.

“The opportunity to open a new restaurant in our own backyard is a great source of pride for our organization,” said Brad Gramlich, EVP and chief operating officer of CPK. “The residents of Orange County know CPK well and we know they will appreciate the location’s open-air dining, large patio area, new bar menu, and easy take-out experience. We look forward to serving our fresh and creative California-inspired cuisine to the Laguna Niguel community.”

The Laguna Niguel CPK restaurant also boasts a 20-seat bar with 12 televisions. Fittingly, a Happy Hour program at this location will feature special bites and drinks from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and also from 8:30 p.m. to closing.

In addition to featuring private dining space, CPK designed a large takeout area for carryout and delivery orders. An announcement suggests this location will have a busy off-premises business based on what has been trending at other CPK locations.


Founded in 1985, CPK’s portfolio has grown to more than 180 restaurants in 10 countries and US territories.

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