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Company:   California Pizza Kitchen
Location:   Beverly Hills, CA
Year Founded:   1985
Status: Sold to Golden Date Capital (2011)
Co-Founder:    Rick Rosenfield and Larry Flax

California Pizza Kitchen opened its first location in Beverly Hills in 1985 thanks to a pair of attorneys who were unsatisfied with practicing law. Larry Flax, USC Law Class of 1967 and his partner, Rick Rosenfeld, saw an opportunity to capitalize on the emerging trend of “California-style” pizza—individually sized and loaded with toppings that, at the time, were unusual. The chain now consists of more than 300 locations around the world.