California Pizza Kitchen, was founded in 1985 by Rick Rosenfield and Larry Flax, were lawyers before turning into restaurateurs.
The company has 280 stores and operates in 208 cities and 15 countries all over the world. They are known for their thin crust pizzas along with salads, pastas, small plates and desserts.
They are popularly known as CPK, and are known for their innovative pizzas such as “Original BBQ Chicken pizza”, Thai Chicken, Jerk Chicken pizzas. They also have an exclusive menu for children below 10 years of age. Two-thirds of the company stakes were bought out by PepsiCo in 1992. This stake was later transferred to other companies such as Bruckmann, Rosser,Sherrill and Company. The company is currently in a good financial condition and expanding its presence in other countries.