California Pizza Kitchen Franchise Opens First Location in India

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, today announced the opening of its first restaurant in India. Opened by CPK franchise partner JSMGGC India Pvt. Ltd., a joint-venture between Mumbai-based JSM Corporation and Dubai-based Gourmet Gulf Company, it is located in the upscale Bandra Kula Complex (BKC) district of Mumbai.

BKC is a growing commercial district which hosts a variety of corporations and points of interest such as the American Embassy, NSE, Citibank and two of India's top schools: The American School and the Dhirubai Ambani School.

The new CPK restaurant is located on the ground floor of one of the many BKC commercial complexes, Maker Maxity, which hosts numerous businesses including Reliance Industries, one of the largest companies in India, UBS, Volkswagen, Audi and Dow Jones.

The 4,000 square-foot restaurant seats approximately 180 people, including additional seating available on the covered outdoor patio. Tastefully decorated with warm colors and rich textures, the restaurant will open Monday through 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 the innovative creations are prepared. The menu will include a variety of items from the popular Thai Chicken Pizza and Waldorf Chicken Salad to the Kung Pao Spaghetti and Avocado Egg Rolls. The new restaurant will also feature an extensive beverage menu from its full bar, including the CPK Ultimate Margarita and other signature favorites such as the Original Recipe Mojitos and Martinis.

About California Pizza Kitchen, Inc.

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 264 restaurants, 207 are company-owned and 57 operate under franchise or license agreements. There are currently 31 restaurants located internationally in India, China, Japan, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Mexico, South Korea, Guam, Indonesia and United Arab Emirates. 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.

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