Tuesday, February 19, 2008

California Pizza Kitchen Opens at Pine Straw Plaza in Marietta, Georgia

CC Note: There's a couple of reasons we shouldn't have shared this, one, it's not in Fayette and two, it's a chain. However, it sounded like a pretty interesting place and they're doing a fund raiser for a charity. We lean heavily toward supporting those who support others so we're bending the rules again. Besides, most of us are going to be up in Marietta at some point in the future!

(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, soups, sandwiches, appetizers and desserts, opened a new restaurant in Marietta, Georgia today.

The new 4,200 square foot restaurant is located at the Pine Straw Plaza, 4250 Roswell Road, at the corner of Roswell Road and Johnson’s Ferry. Hours of operation will be Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Guests can dine-in or place a take-out order by calling (770) 971-7950.

The menu features all of the popular favorites along with the newest menu additions including the Miso Salad, a fresh new salad made with blue crab and shrimp or chicken along with shredded Napa cabbage, fresh avocado, julienne cucumbers, daikon, edemame, carrots, green onions, cilantro, crispy rice noodles and crispy wontons, tossed in a Miso dressing; Italian Tomato & Basil Pizza with imported Italian tomatoes, Mozzarella cheese and CPK’s tomato sauce topped with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese and a three-layer Red Velvet Cake frosted with vanilla bean cream cheese and white chocolate curls served on vanilla bean sauce.

The new restaurant also features an extensive beverage menu for its full bar, including CPK’s original California Cosmo, along with four new cocktails including Beverly Hills Tea, Coconut Mojito, Caribbean Sunset Sangria and Appleberry Sangria.

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 Monday, February 25, 2008, to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Georgia and Alabama which is headquartered in Marietta. Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Kids' wishes include traveling to Walt Disney World, meeting celebrities and sports stars, going on shopping sprees or being an airline pilot or ballerina.

California Pizza Kitchen, Inc., founded in 1985, is a leading casual dining chain. Of the chain’s 234 restaurants, 198 are company-owned and 36 operate under franchise or license agreements. There are 25 CPK ASAP locations, 9 of which are company-owned and 16 are franchised. Also included in the company’s portfolio of concepts is LA Food Show Grill & Bar, which currently has one location in Manhattan Beach, California. The company’s full-service restaurants feature an imaginative line of hearth-baked pizzas, including the original BBQ Chicken Pizza, and a broad selection of distinctive pastas, salads, soups, appetizers and sandwiches. 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. For more details, visit www.cpk.com.

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