California Pizza Kitchen

National chain of restaurants offering gourmet pizzas.

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6053 West Century Boulevard, 11th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Employees: 15,000
CEO: G.J. Hart
Privately held


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California Pizza Kitchen operates an upscale chain of restaurants offering gourmet pizzas like Barbecue Chicken, California Club, Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Thai Chicken, Peking Duck and Goat Cheese with Roasted Peppers. The restaurants also serve pasta, sandwiches, appetizers, soups, salads and desserts.

On July 7, 2011, Golden Gate Capital acquired the company for $470 million and the company's stock is no longer publicly traded.

The chain has over 250 restaurants in the U.S. and internationally in China, Japan, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Mexico, South Korea, Guam, United Arab Emirates and India.

The average restaurant is about 6,000 square feet. The hearth is central to the California Pizza Kitchen experience and gives the California-style pizzas their signature taste.

CPK’s hearth-baked pizzas are cooked rather quickly, 3-7 minutes, in approximately 500 degree heat. The hearth bakes the pizza dough to perfection, producing a crust characteristic of fine bread. It also gives meats and vegetables a slightly smoky flavor, and helps give California Pizza Kitchen favorites like Original BBQ Chicken and Thai Chicken pizzas their distinct taste.

Attorneys Rick Rosenfield and Larry Flax opened the first California Pizza Kitchen in Beverly Hills on March 27, 1985.

The company also has a licensing arrangement to distribute California Pizza Kitchen premium frozen pizzas in supermarkets nationwide.


The company offers workers a highly achievable bonus program, potential six-figure compensation for Senior General Managers, outstanding 401(k) with company match and medical benefits including Health, Dental and Vision coverage.

Updated April 14, 2012