California Pizza Kitchen Opens First Location in Australia

Global restaurant brand continues impressive international expansion
with first Australia restaurant in Perth, offering an elevated casual
dining experience and innovative menu

PERTH, Australia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Global restaurant brand California
Pizza Kitchen
(“CPK”), the authority in creative dining with a
California vibe, announced today the opening of its first restaurant in
Australia, located at the landmark Hillarys Boat Harbour in Perth.
Operated by franchisee California Pizza Kitchen Australia, the 370-seat,
9,500 sq. foot restaurant – the world’s largest CPK – officially opened
its doors to the public yesterday and offers Australians CPK’s elevated
casual dining experience, innovative menu and best-in-class hospitality
served in a fun and relaxed setting. The location is the first of an
initial three restaurants planned for Perth and follows recent openings
in Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Dubai, Mexico and Los Angeles
International Airport as CPK continues its impressive global growth this
year.


“The grand opening of our first restaurant in Australia marks an
exciting and important milestone for California Pizza Kitchen as we
accelerate our growth around the world,” said G.J. Hart, executive
chairman and CEO at California Pizza Kitchen. “With its vibrant culture
and sophisticated dining scene, Perth is the perfect place to introduce
the Australian market to the creative, elevated casual dining experience
that we offer. We are proud to be working with California Pizza Kitchen
Australia’s accomplished franchise team to help us establish our
footprint in Australia’s western capital and to becoming an active part
of the community in Perth.”

Peter Peard, Perth-based businessman and founder and CEO of Peard Real
Estate, leads franchisee CPK Australia with partners Russell Hextall and
Hannah Peard. CPK Australia intends to franchise two additional
restaurants in the Perth area within the next three years, with an
opportunity to expand nationally in five years.

Originating in Beverly Hills, Calif. in 1985, California Pizza Kitchen
quickly built a worldwide following for its innovative, first-to-market
California cuisine and signature hand-tossed pizzas, like the iconic
Original BBQ Chicken Pizza and Thai Chicken Pizza, creative salads,
pastas and unique main plates, prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients.

“California Pizza Kitchen fills a gap in the Australian market for a
high-quality yet affordable casual dining experience and is a perfect
fit for Aussies who connect with the brand’s ‘California vibe’ and
embrace its focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients prepared in an
imaginative way,” said Mr. Peard. “We look forward to welcoming our
Perth guests in to experience the creative menu and outstanding
hospitality that define California Pizza Kitchen and to earning a loyal
following that sets the stage for CPK’s growth in Australia.”

CPK Accelerates Global Growth

With the opening in Perth, CPK’s global franchise footprint has now
reached 83 units in 16 countries around the world. Its largest
international markets are Mexico (22 restaurants), South Korea (9
restaurants), Philippines (7 restaurants) and India (6 restaurants). In
the US, CPK owns and operates approximately 200 restaurant locations and
counting.

“In the past five years we have doubled our international footprint,
expanding into new markets including Chile, China, Saudi Arabia and now
Australia, and continuing our growth in South Korea, the Philippines,
India, Hong Kong, UAE and Mexico,” said Rudy Sugueti, SVP of Global
Development and Operations & Executive Director at California Pizza
Kitchen. “In fact, we’ve achieved more than 60 percent of that growth in
the past 24 months alone. But, we’re not stopping there. We currently
have signed agreements to open 70 new restaurants globally in the next
five years with a focus on South and Central America, Canada, Europe and
Scandinavia, Asia and Africa as our prime growth markets.”

Creative and Unique Food & Beverages

CPK Perth’s menu features innovative food and beverage items and
rotating seasonal dishes prepared fresh from scratch every day from the
highest quality ingredients. Alongside classic CPK favorites, the
restaurant also offers several new items incorporating regional flavor
profiles. Menu highlights include:

  • Artisan hand-tossed pizzas, like the iconic Original BBQ
    Chicken Pizza
    CPK invented in 1985 featuring BBQ sauce, smoked
    Gouda, red onions and fresh coriander, the Thai Chicken Pizza
    made with grilled chicken breast with peanut sauce topped with crisp
    bean sprouts, julienned carrots and slivered spring onions, and many
    more
  • Shareable small plates, including Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower,
    Dynamite Prawns, and unique flatbreads
  • Creative salads, like the Original BBQ Chicken Chopped
    with BBQ chicken, black beans, sweet corn and crispy tortilla strips
    and Poke Chop Chop featuring fresh Ahi tuna served over baby
    bok choy greens, spicy Kimchi pears and fresh rocket, tossed in
    housemade black sesame vinaigrette
  • Unique main plates, including Sesame-Seared Ahi, a Fire
    Grilled Ribeye
    finished with Cabernet sea salt, Fire Grilled
    local Pork Chop
    with caramelized onions and charred broccolini and Roasted
    Garlic Chicken with Seasonal Vegetables
  • Lunch Duos, deliciously quick and convenient lunch-size
    pairings of pizzas, sandwiches, soups and salads, with more than 30
    combinations to choose from
  • Hand-crafted cocktails made with premium spirits, fresh fruit
    purees and herbs
  • Premium wines and regional brews

Modern design showcases CPK’s new look with rustic elements, local
accents

Located in the iconic landmark Hillary’s Boat Harbour with views of the
Indian Ocean, CPK Perth offers guests a colorful and creative yet
relaxed environment to dine and unwind. The largest CPK location in the
world, the 9,500 sq. ft. restaurant features an open-hearth pizza oven
and open kitchen where guests can watch their meals prepared fresh from
scratch. Natural elements like warm, reclaimed woods, a fresh herb
garden, colorful décor and artwork of local landmarks add to the
restaurant’s modern design and neighborhood feel. An inviting patio is
available for al fresco dining.

For the latest information, follow CPK Australia on Twitter and
Instagram at @cpkaustralia (#NEWCPK), and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cpkaustralia.

Hi-res images available upon request.

For information on California Pizza Kitchen global franchise
opportunities, please visit http://www.cpk.com/Franchise/International.

About California Pizza Kitchen

In 1985, California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) opened its first restaurant in
Beverly Hills and introduced diners to innovative California-style
pizza. Since then, CPK has launched what has become a global brand known
for creative California cuisine. Today, CPK is approaching 300
restaurants in 16 countries around the world. Dedicated to a unique
dining experience, CPK is now introducing its Next Chapter featuring
reimagined menus, open kitchens, and unique renovations in all
restaurants across the country. For more information on California Pizza
Kitchen, visit cpk.com.

California Pizza Kitchen at Hillarys Boat Harbour
Shop 223,
Sorrento Quay Boardwalk, Hillarys Boat Harbour
58 Southside Drive
Hillarys 6025

Hours of Operation
Sun-Thurs 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Fri-Sat
10:00 a.m.-12:00a.m

Contacts

California Pizza Kitchen Australia
Hannah Peard
Director and
Corporate Operations Manager
+61 477 477 725
hpeard@cpkaustralia.com.au
or
California
Pizza Kitchen Corporate
Kathleen Bush
Vice President of Public
Relations
+1 310-324-5020
kbush@cpk.com