California Pizza Kitchen to expand into India

California Pizza Kitchen to expand into India

New York: California Pizza Kitchen Inc, a casual dining chain with 252 restaurants, said it plans to open its first restaurant in India in the summer of 2010, after signing franchise agreements with two partners.

The Los Angeles-based chain, known for unconventional menu items such as Thai Chicken pizza, said on Wednesday it expects to open a minimum of 15 restaurants in India over the next decade.

It said its partners are JSM Corporation Pvt Ltd, a Mumbai-based group that franchises the Hard Rock Cafe across India, and Daud Arabian Trading, a unit of Oman’s Daud Group, which has opened restaurants under US brand names such as McDonald’s in the Middle East.

California Pizza Kitchen said 27 of its existing restaurants are located in China, Guam, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, and the United Arab Emirates.

The company’s shares closed Wednesday up 10 cents or 0.6% at $16.14 on the Nasdaq.