California Pizza Kitchen Opens in Downtown Sacramento, California

Fundraiser on May 26 Will Benefit Sacramento Chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters

Los Angeles, (BUSINESS WIRE) -- California Pizza Kitchen, Inc. (CPK) (NASDAQ:CPKI), home to the Original BBQ Chicken Pizza and other innovative hearth-baked pizzas, made-to-order pastas, creative salads, appetizers, soups, sandwiches and desserts, opened a new full-service restaurant in downtown Sacramento, California today.

The new 5,900 square foot restaurant is located at 1132 16th Street in The Firestone Building at 16th & L, 1 block east of Capitol Mall Park near the Sacramento Convention Center. Hours of operation will be Monday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. except Friday and Saturday when the restaurant closes at 11:00 p.m. Guests can dine-in, place a take-out order or use CPK's Curbside service and have their order delivered to their car by calling (916) 930-0706.

The menu will feature all of the popular favorites along with the newest menu additions including Asparagus Soup, a creamless vegetarian soup garnished with garlic-herb croutons; Four Cheese Ravioli, ravioli with fine herbs, imported Asiago, Mascarpone, Ricotta and Parmesan cheeses sautéed in a creamy Pomodoro sauce with fresh basil; Pesto Chicken Pizza, a Neapolitan Pizza with grilled chicken breast marinated in a basil pesto sauce with mild onions, Mozzarella cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, pesto sauce and toasted pine nuts; Pan-Sautéed Mahi Mahi, lightly seasoned Mahi Mahi served with asparagus & spinach spaghettini or wok-stirred mixed vegetables and Sticky Toffee Pudding, CPK's newest dessert with caramelized pear and roasted pecans, covered in a butter toffee sauce and topped with Haagen-Dazs ice cream.

The new restaurant will also feature an extensive beverage menu from its full bar, including such popular cocktails as Harvest Punch, Cherry Lime Sparkler and Cranberry Mint Cooler.

Following CPK's tradition of giving back to the communities in which it operates, the new CPK restaurant will donate 100% of all dine-in pizza sales during regular business hours on Tuesday, May 26, 2009, to the Sacramento chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a national youth mentoring organization that matches qualified volunteers with children in need of a caring, responsible adult in their lives. Founded in Sacramento in 1962, this affiliate offers one-to-one mentoring to children. In 2008 they served more than 500 children and currently have more than 330 active matches.

The new location downtown is the second California Pizza Kitchen restaurant in Sacramento with the other CPK restaurant located nearby at 1689 Arden Way in the Arden Fair Mall.

California Pizza Kitchen, Inc., founded in 1985, is a leading casual dining chain featuring an imaginative line of hearth-baked pizzas, including the original BBQ Chicken Pizza, and a broad selection of distinctive pastas, salads, appetizers, soups, sandwiches and desserts. Of the chain's 253 restaurants, 207 are company-owned and 46 operate under franchise or license agreements. CPK premium pizzas are also available to sports and entertainment fans at two Southern California venues, Angel Stadium of Anaheim and STAPLES Center. Also included in the company's portfolio of concepts is LA Food Show Grill & Bar, which has locations in Manhattan Beach and Beverly Hills, California. 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.

SOURCE: California Pizza Kitchen, Inc.

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