LOS ANGELES, Jan 25, 2010 (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 on the campus of Stony Brook University today. The new quick-serve location, the second opened by CPK franchise partner Lackmann Culinary Services, is located in the university's Roth Quad adjacent to student residence halls.
Stony Brook University is located on 1,100 acres of Long Island's north shore, just 60 miles east of New York City, and has been ranked in the top 100 best national universities by U.S. News & World Report. Over 24,000 students will now be able to order from a specialized selection of CPK's most popular pizzas, pastas, salads and Panini sandwiches including the Thai Chicken Pizza, Original BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad and Chicken Tequila Fettuccine. Stony Brook University will be hosting an on-campus kick-off party in early February which will include prizes for the first student to try all CPK menu items as well as a campus-wide vote for their favorite CPK pizza. Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m., Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Lackmann Culinary Services opened the first California Pizza Kitchen location on a college campus at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York in August 2009.
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, 205 are company-owned and 48 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 products. California Pizza Kitchen was recently named "One of America's Best 200 Small Companies" by Forbes Magazine, #1 Most Recommended Casual Dining Chain Restaurant by Zocalo Group and MARC Research and "Best Kids Menu in America" by Restaurant Hospitality Magazine.
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