California Pizza Kitchen has announced the expansion of their original agreement with Gourmet Gulf Co., an existing franchise partner.
 
Under the new agreement, Gourmet Gulf Co. will develop 19 restaurants throughout the Middle East over the next 10 years. During the term of the agreement at least one California Pizza Kitchen restaurant is planned to open in each of the following Persian Gulf countries: United Arab Emirates, State of Kuwait, Sultanate of Oman, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, State of Qatar and the Kingdom of Bahrain.
 
Gourmet Gulf Co. was originally slated to open a minimum of three California Pizza Kitchen restaurants over a two year period in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The first restaurant opened in Dubai Mall in January of 2009.
 
Headquartered in Dubai, UAE, Gourmet Gulf Co. is a joint venture between Daud Arabian Trading Co. LLC and Itihad International Investment Co.. It is a leading regional restaurant holding group that owns and manages concept brands such as Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Morelli's Gelato, and Yo! Sushi.

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