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California Pizza Kitchen

Established in Beverly Hills in 1985, California Pizza Kitchen is a chain of upscale pizza restaurants noted for innovative pizza recipes such as the Thai Chicken, and Jamaican Jerk Chicken and BBQ Chicken Pizza.

Rick Rosenfield and Larry Flax opened the first restaurant on Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills. The BBQ chicken pizza was the star of the menu.

PepsiCo purchased 67% of the chain in 1992 and began a phase of rapid expansion. In 1997 the private equity firm Bruckmann, Rosser and Furman Selz acquired the chain which then held an IPO in 2000 with the symbol CPKI.

Golden Gate Capital acquired the chain in 2011, pulling it off the open market.

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References:

  1. NY Times - Bruckman acquires CP (Drawn 10/9/2019)

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