Amid bankruptcy, California Pizza Kitchen’s Long Beach locations to remain open

One of the nation’s largest restaurant chains, California Pizza Kitchen or commonly known as CPK, filed for bankruptcy Thursday—leaving many to wonder of the fate of its 250 locations worldwide, including the two here in Long Beach.

That fate, as for now, seems to be mostly undetermined as most locations will remain open while the company restructures its entire financial backbone. According to the filing, the chain will shutter multiple locations deemed unprofitable while it seeks $46.8 million in financing after having already received $30 million from outside lenders in April.

“CPK locations are open and are continuing to operate in accordance with all local COVID-19 guidelines throughout the restructuring process, including Long Beach,” representative Heather Wilson told the Post. “Prior to yesterday’s filing, CPK closed several company-owned restaurants in the U.S. due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and lease related challenges with its landlords. The company is in discussions with its landlords to determine its go-forward plan in regards to certain other locations.”

CPK has already begun the process of closing multiple locations, including locations in Dallas and Frisco, Texas; Birmingham; and Atlanta.

This is also not the first of a major chain to face trouble during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially ones that have affected Long Beach’s local food scene: Rock Bottom Brewery, Chuck E Cheese, and Claim Jumper are just a few of the chains that have closed locations both locally and nationally.

California Pizza Kitchen is located at 61 S. Pine Ave and 6417 E. Pacific Coast Hwy.

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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 16 nominations and two additional wins for Best Political Commentary for his work at KCET and Best Blog for Longbeachize, a section of the Long Beach Post. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.
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