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The California Pizza Kitchen chain announced July 30 it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

More national and regional restaurant names have closed their doors in Colorado Springs — shutdowns caused in large part by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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California Pizza Kitchen, which specializes in hand-tossed, thin-crust pies and other items, shuttered this month at the Promenade Shops at Briargate, southeast of Briargate and Voyager parkways in northern Colorado Springs.

“Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and related lease challenges with our landlords, we regret to inform you that we have closed this restaurant until further notice,” according to a statement on California Pizza Kitchen’s website for its Promenade Shops location. “We look forward to welcoming you at our other locations and invite you to continue checking for updates.”

The closing took place July 16, a spokesman for Promenade Shops owner Hines said via email. The Houston-based global real estate investment firm bought the shopping center last year.

That shutdown came even before California Pizza Kitchen announced Thursday it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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Representatives of California Pizza Kitchen didn’t respond to requests for comment.

The chain, founded in 1985 and based in Southern California, has more than 200 locations in eight countries and U.S. territories, according to a company news release.

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The Promenade Shops location, at 1645 Briargate Parkway, was the lone California Pizza Kitchen in the Springs. The chain’s website also shows a Boulder location has closed, though three Denver-area restaurants remain open.

Meanwhile, Texas-based Zoës Kitchen, a Mediterranean chain, has closed its Colorado Springs restaurants at 1612 S. Nevada Ave. and 5697 Barnes Road, according to the company’s website. Locations in Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch and Littleton also are closed, the website shows.

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Zoës officials didn’t respond to emails.

The closings follow those of north-side restaurant and bar chain C.B. & Potts, a downtown Starbucks and several local restaurants and bars.

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