California Pizza Kitchen


California Pizza Kitchen looks to sell stores to franchisees

The refranchising program is the latest step in the chain’s efforts to run fewer of its own restaurants.


California Pizza Kitchen names new CEO amid C-suite shakeup

CEO Jim Hyatt is out, along with longtime culinary chief Brian Sullivan and two others. Board member Jeff Warne was named CEO and president.

It took an internal mind shift, plus the addition of griddles and a couple of SKUs, for Chef Brian Sullivan to perfectly execute the new West Coast Burger.

Throughout October, there’s free stuff for CPK customers who opt for the new West Coast Burger instead of pizza.

Heart-shaped pizzas, doughnuts and trays; Hard Rock's Super Bowl and Valentine’s specials; football themes at BWW, Subway and Moe’s.

The strategy represents a new era for the chain as it emerges from bankruptcy and a decade of shrinking sales and unit counts.

The 200-unit chain plans to get back to growth with the new strategy.

With consumers continuing to cook at home, CPK is not abandoning the meal kit idea. The chain is providing families with a quick, cost-effective dinner solution.

The Asian chain is reportedly considering an initial public offering, while the pizza concept is exploring the idea months after emerging from bankruptcy.

Chickpeas move in to dethrone cauliflower as the next low-carb, gluten-free, veggie-based pizza crust option.

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