California Pizza Kitchen Opens Second Location in Dubai, UAE

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, sandwiches and desserts, opened its second location in the Middle East today. The new restaurant, opened by CPK franchise partner Gourmet Gulf Company, is located in Dubai at the new Mirdif City Centre.

The 5,000 square-foot CPK restaurant seats approximately 185 people and is located near the first floor main entrance of the 2.1 million square-foot Mirdif City Centre. Home to more than 450 world class stores, the super regional shopping center will include a mix of fashion, home, electronics and entertainment retailers with over 75 restaurants and cafes. The Centre's entertainment options include several new concepts such as a special children's "Edutainment Centre," an "iFly" sky diving experience and a twelve-lane bowling alley.

Tastefully decorated with warm colors and rich textures, the restaurant will open Monday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.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 all of the CPK favorites including everything from the Works Pizza and the popular Spinach Artichoke Dip to Kung Pao Spaghetti and the award-winning Thai Crunch Salad.

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. There are currently 28 restaurants located internationally in China, Japan, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Mexico, South Korea, Guam, Indonesia and United Arab Emirates. There are 7 company-owned CPK ASAP locations and 16 airport locations franchised by HMSHost Corporation. CPK premium pizzas are also available to sports and entertainment fans at three Southern California venues including Dodgers Stadium, 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.

SOURCE: California Pizza Kitchen, Inc.

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