California Pizza Kitchen Opens Second Location in Japan

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–California Pizza Kitchen, Inc. (CPK) (Nasdaq:CPKI), home of the Original BBQ Chicken Pizza and other innovative hearth-baked pizzas, made-to-order pastas, creative salads, appetizers, soups and desserts, opened its second location in Japan today. The new restaurant, another opened by CPK franchise partner WDI Corporation, is located at the Lalaport Yokohama shopping center.

The new 3,000 square-foot CPK restaurant seats approximately 125 people and is located at the center of the third floor restaurant area of Lalaport Yokohama, which hosts more than 370 shops and restaurants making it the largest shopping mall in Kanagawa Prefecture. The restaurant, tastefully decorated with warm colors and rich textures, will open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

The open-exhibition kitchen takes center stage where guests can watch as all of California Pizza Kitchen’s innovative dishes are prepared. The menu features a wide variety of innovative items including everything from the California Club Pizza and Jamaican Jerk Pizza to Kung Pao Spaghetti and the award-winning Thai Crunch Salad. A special menu is also available for children 12 and under.

Using only the highest quality fresh produce and U.S. imported ingredients prepared daily, all California Pizza Kitchen pizzas are hearth-baked in an imported open-flame pizza oven.

California Pizza Kitchen, Inc., founded in 1985, is a leading casual dining chain with 209 restaurants, of which 179 are company-owned and 30 operate under franchise or license agreements. The company’s full-service restaurants feature an imaginative line of hearth-baked pizzas, including the original BBQ Chicken Pizza, and a broad selection of distinctive pastas, salads, soups, appetizers and sandwiches. The company also has a licensing arrangement with Kraft Pizza Company, which manufactures and distributes a line of California Pizza Kitchen premium frozen pizzas. Children who dine at California Pizza Kitchen choose from an extensive menu, named “The Best Kids Menu in America” by Restaurant Hospitality Magazine. For more details, visit www.cpk.com.