LOS ANGELES (BUSINESS WIRE) -- California Pizza Kitchen, Inc. (CPK) (NASDAQ: CPKI), a leading casual dining chain featuring an imaginative line of hearth-baked pizzas, today announced the opening of its first travel plaza location. The new quick-service restaurant, opened by CPK franchise partner HMSHost, is located in the newly redeveloped King of Prussia Service Plaza in Philadelphia.
"We have a great partnership with HMSHost and have enjoyed working with them to successfully bring CPK restaurants to numerous airports across the country," said Rick Rosenfield and Larry Flax, co-founders and co-CEOs of California Pizza Kitchen. "We look forward to further expanding the CPK brand into this new arena of travel plazas as an additional avenue to provide our great food to guests in a convenient way."
Located on the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276) Westbound between the Norristown and Valley Forge Interchanges in Upper Merion Township, the new 1,000 square-foot CPK restaurant will neighbor the Pennsylvania Welcome Center which provides information about Pennsylvania's cultural, historical, private and scenic attractions as well as the latest road and weather conditions.
Travelers will be able to order from a specialized selection of CPK's most popular pizzas, pastas, soups, salads and Panini sandwiches including the Original BBQ Chicken Pizza and Chicken Tequila Fettuccine. For guests needing to quickly resume their travel, the new CPK will have a variety of salads and sandwiches available in a convenient Grab 'n' Go case. Hours of operation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily.
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 254 restaurants, 204 are company-owned and 50 operate under franchise or license agreements. CPK premium pizzas are also available to sports and entertainment fans at three Southern California venues including Dodger 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 Nestle S.A. to manufacture and distribute a line of California Pizza Kitchen premium frozen products.
SOURCE: California Pizza Kitchen, Inc.