California Pizza Kitchen Opens at Dana Park in Mesa, Arizona

Opening to Benefit Mesa's Save the Family Foundation

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 28, 2007--California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) (NASDAQ:CPKI), home of the Original BBQ Chicken Pizza and other innovative hearth-baked pizzas, made-to-order pastas, creative salads, appetizers, soups, sandwiches and desserts, opened its sixth valley location today at Dana Park in Mesa.

The new CPK restaurant is approximately 5,900 square-feet and is located at 1850 South Val Vista Drive off Baseline Road. Hours of operation will be Sunday through Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Guests can dine-in or place a take-out order by calling (480) 558-7505.

The Dana Park CPK opened with the newest menu additions including Cabo Crab Cakes, a new appetizer made with blue crab, pan-sauteed and served with roasted corn and black bean salsa and roasted pepper aioli; Miso Salad, a fresh new salad made with blue crab and shrimp or chicken along with shredded Napa cabbage, fresh avocado, julienne cucumbers, daikon, edemame, carrots, green onions, cilantro, crispy rice noodles and crispy wontons, tossed in a Miso dressing; Blue Crab Cakes, a new specialty item made with blue crab, pan-sauteed and served with fresh grilled asparagus and spaghettini in a creamy lemon-caper sauce; Italian Tomato & Basil Pizza with imported Italian tomatoes, Mozzarella cheese and CPK's tomato sauce topped with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese. For those with a sweet tooth, a new dessert has been added to the menu: a three-layer Red Velvet Cake frosted with vanilla bean cream cheese and white chocolate curls served on vanilla bean sauce.

The new restaurant also features an extensive beverage menu for its full bar, including CPK's original California Cosmo, along with four new cocktails including Beverly Hills Tea, Coconut Mojito, Caribbean Sunset Sangria and Appleberry Sangria.

In keeping with CPK's tradition of giving back to the communities it serves, CPK will donate 100% of all dine-in pizza sales from the Dana Park location on Monday, December 10 to the Save the Family Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that helps children in homeless families by treating the whole family with programs to break the negative cycles of poverty, abuse and homelessness.

California Pizza Kitchen, Inc., founded in 1985, is a leading casual dining chain. Of the chain's 226 restaurants, 191 are company-owned and 35 operate under franchise or license agreements. There are 26 CPK ASAP locations, 10 of which are company-owned and 16 are franchised. Also included in the company's portfolio of concepts is LA Food Show Grill & Bar, which currently has one location in Manhattan Beach, California. 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, recently named "The Best Kids Menu in America" by Restaurant Hospitality Magazine. For more details, visit www.cpk.com.

CONTACT: California Pizza Kitchen
Sarah Grover, 310-342-5000

SOURCE: California Pizza Kitchen

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