IRVINE, Calif., August 26, 2015 – California Pizza Kitchen (“CPK”), the authority in creative dining with a California vibe, announced that their nationwide “Next Chapter” initiative has been unveiled in Irvine, Calif. Located at 5465 Alton Parkway in Alton Square, the restaurant marks the company’s first new freestanding restaurant in Orange County that will showcase “Next Chapter” reinventions, including a more rustic atmosphere, an expanded, seasonally inspired menu and craft cocktails featuring fresh ingredients, made to order. CPK Alton Square will serve as the brand’s new signature restaurant for Southern California and a model for CPK’s reimagined experience nationwide. CPK at Alton Square is one of approximately 80 CPKs across the country spearheading the restaurant’s new look and menu this year.
“There’s been a lot of eager anticipation for a vibrant new community dining destination here in Irvine,” said Easther Liu, chief marketing officer for Irvine Company Retail Properties. “CPK has been a longtime favorite for Southern California diners with its innovative pizzas – its new, reimagined concept will be a perfect fit at Alton Square.”
To celebrate the restaurant’s grand opening, CPK will host an official ribbon cutting with Irvine Mayor Steven S. Choi, CPK CEO G.J. Hart, Chief Brand Officer Natalia Franco, Regional Partner Stephen Hinck, General Manager Robert Stuart and the Irvine Chamber of Commerce, taking place today from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Open to press only, the event will serve complimentary tastings of the restaurant’s innovative menu. The restaurant will open to the public at 11 a.m.
“My wife and I reside in Orange County so the opening of our CPK Alton Square restaurant is close to my heart and an important milestone for our company,” said G.J. Hart, CEO of California Pizza Kitchen. “This is our first new freestanding, ‘Next Chapter’ restaurant in Orange County and it will serve as a model for our transformative, community-centric approach here in Southern California and nationwide. With the opening of CPK Alton Square, we’re one step closer to achieving our goal of having all CPK restaurants transform into our reimagined ‘Next Chapter’ experience.”
Globally inspired flavors, from small plates to mains
The restaurant’s adventurous new “Next Chapter” menu includes CPK’s signature hand-tossed pizza favorites like the iconic Original BBQ Chicken Pizza, with new options in appetizers, salads, sides and seasonal dishes, like the Brussels + Bacon Flatbread. New main plates include a Fire-Grilled Ribeye with housemade pinot noir sea salt and topped with creamy bleu cheese butter, served with roasted fingerling potatoes and lemon-garlic wild arugula salad, as well as Hearth-Roasted Halibut, wild caught from Alaska and roasted on a cedar plank with butternut squash, farro, grilled asparagus and baby kale. For those with specific dietary needs, CPK also has options that are under 650 calories, vegetarian or gluten-free. We also provide allergen information to those with food sensitivities. For the complete menu, visit www.cpk.com/reimagined.
For a neighborhood feel, artwork on the walls displays local Irvine landmarks, such as the Great Park Balloon and Irvine Spectrum’s Giant Wheel; and California brews like Fullerton’s Rocco Red and the Central Coast’s Firestone 805 are available. Additionally, the open floor plan has flexible seating with dining options in the restaurant, bar and an outdoor patio, and an open kitchen where guests can watch as food is prepared from scratch and artisan pizzas are hand-tossed and cooked in the open-hearth oven. Furthermore, the restaurant features reclaimed wood, tables made from recycled materials and a natural herb garden. To view more Next Chapter design elements, visit www.cpk.com/virtualtour.
Additional information on CPK Alton Square’s offerings:
Picking up the pace with new Lunch Duos
For a quick and satisfying lunch, CPK Alton Square will offer Lunch Duos where guests can pair lunch-sized versions of a favorite pizza or sandwich with a soup or salad. Lunch Duos give guests a great value, with more than 80 fresh, made-to-order options to mix, match and enjoy in the middle of their time-challenged days.
CPK “Let’s Get Happy”
CPK Alton Square’s open space offers a dedicated bar area for customers to enjoy hand-crafted cocktails like California Roots with fresh avocado, Blueberry Ginger Smash, Strawberry Basil Martini and summer favorites like the Strawberry Mojito and Fresh Agave Lime Margarita. Also served are California premium wines like Buena Vista, Mark West, Sonoma-Cutrer and CPK’s custom blend by KOZ. Happy Hour specials are offered Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. until close.
The new CPK menu encourages diners to seek unique and seasonal flavor combinations and offers a Menu Adventure Guarantee: If a guest tries a new dish and is not satisfied, it will be replaced with his or her favorite item from the CPK menu.
CPK offers a special program that allows kids to play chef and make their own pizza from the freshest ingredients, while getting creative and learning about food along the way. Perfect for birthday parties, CPKids parties include a VIP-style behind-the-counter restaurant tour, a meal and dessert from the award-winning CPKids menu, souvenirs and a certificate for a free CPKids Meal for each child’s next visit.
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 15 countries and 217 cities around the world and has served over 15 million pizzas to more than 43 million guests. 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. Follow us on Twitter at @calpizzakitchen (#NEWCPK), Instagram at @californiapizzakitchen and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/californiapizzakitchen.
About Irvine Company Retail Properties
With three distinguished shopping centers including Fashion Island, Irvine Spectrum Center and The Market Place, Irvine Company Retail Properties also includes 36 neighborhood and community centers with a diverse mix of stores and restaurants. Irvine Company Retail Properties has recently welcomed several exclusive retailers to its portfolio, including Sushi Roku, TAPS Fish House & Brewery, Mendocino Farms, Nespresso, Urban Decay, Nike Women’s, SoulCycle, TLT Food, Del Frisco’s Grille, Babette’s and more. For more information, please visit ShopIrvineCompany.com.
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Hours of Operation:
Monday through Thursday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.