California Pizza Kitchen wan founded in 1985 in Beverly Hills by Rick Rosenfield and Larry Flax, who are former federal prosecutors.
The founders had a great passion towards food which made them to prepare innovative, baked pizza similar to original BBQ chicken cooked in open kitchen. California Pizza Kitchen gave California a place for pizza next to Chicago and New York, and from California, the restaurant has been expanded to 250 locations in 30 states of US and in 11 countries.
California Pizza Kitchen has developed its restaurants as a bustling spot for family get-togethers and business gatherings. California Pizza Kitchen went on public through IPO on NASDAQ national market. In 2013, it has introduced a new beverage series with wine flights, craft beer offerings and Diet Pepsi with an intension to offer variety to their customers. In 2011, Golden gates capital completely acquired the California Pizza Kitchen which resulted in stocks not traded publically. Later, G. J. Hart was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer, President and Executive Chairman of the company.
In May 2016, G. J. Hart was announced as the finalist in the “EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016” to recognize his contribution in building and leading a dynamic businesses in the international arena. California Pizza Kitchen introduced a reimagined menus, open kitchen and indoor renovations in all the restaurants across the world. For all its corporate-operated stores, California Pizza Kitchen has decided to source 100% cage-free eggs before 2022. It was voted as America’s best pizza by the readers of Daily Meal for the second time in 2014. In the same year, it was recognized as “The most trusted brands” by the readers of Entrepreneur Magazine.