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Wednesday, 13 August, 2008 2:17 AM

New California Pizza Kitchen in Novi Donates its Profits to Local YMCA

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The new California Pizza Kitchen restaurant gives back to the community a week after it opens inside Twelve Oaks Mall.

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

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NOVI, Mich. -- The recently-opened California Pizza Kitchen located inside the Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi has donated all of its dine-in pizza sales to the Farmington YMCA on Tuesday. The restaurant chain commonly selects a local charity and supports it a few days after a new eatery is opened. Thousands of dollars will go to the local organization, which is about five miles east of the restaurant.

The new CPK is located at the mall entrance between Nordstrom and Lord & Taylor at 27500 Novi Road. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday with an 11 p.m. closing time on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant held its grand opening on August 4. It is 5,500 square feet in size. Guests can dine-in or place a take-out order.

"We had a great grand opening," said John Margalski, general manager of the California Pizza Kitchen in Novi. "Very busy. We're just really happy to finally be open in Twelve Oaks Mall. This is a beautiful restaurant.

"At CPK, one of our keys to success is to always give back to the community. Usually, the week after we do an opening, we give back 100 percent of the pizza sales for one day. That has actually gone to the Farmington YMCA family."

California Pizza Kitchen is home to the Original BBQ Chicken Pizza, which made it famous in 1985. Twenty-seven different pizzas are available on the menu. Honey-wheat dough may be requested. CPK also offers Neapolitian Pizzas, which are thin and crisp Italian-style pizzas. Six varieties are available to choose from.

"We have pizzas like the California Club which actually has bacon, mozzarella cheese and chicken," said Margalski. "Once it comes out of the oven, we add on top of that, tomatoes, lettuce that's been tossed with mayonnaise. Then, we finish it off with avocados on top. Not only do we specialize in pizza, we also have a great pasta station and we also have a great salad selection for people to join us in."

However, CPK also features pastas, salads, appetizers, soups, sandwiches and desserts. Popular salads include the original BBQ Chicken Chopped, The Waldorf Chicken Salad and the CPK Cobb Salad. The restaurant also offers three types of Focaccia Sandwiches which come with a classic Caesar salad or Szechuan slaw. The three varieties are grilled vegetable, grilled chicken caesar and grilled rosemary chicken.

New menu additions include the Singapore shrimp rolls, Sonora egg rolls, CPK cobb salad, Miso seafood salad, Chinese chicken salad, Buffalo chicken pizza, Pear & Gorgonzola pizza, Italian Tomato & Basil pizza, Asparagus & Spinach Spaghettini, Pesto Cream Penne, Garlic noodles, Marinara linguini, blue crab cakes, turtle sundae and red velvet cake.

"I had the Cobb Salad. Love it. It was really good," said Hanneh, a Nordstrom employee who stopped by to dine at CPK. "Very convenient. Come out to Twelve Oaks and try it. It's awesome."

The new Novi location also features an extensive beverage menu at its full bar. Take-out is also available by calling the restaurant at (248) 449-3280.

 

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The pizza oven and bar located inside the restaurant.

 

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A look inside the new CPK location in Novi.

 

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The restaurant in Twelve Oaks mall is the sixth CPK to open in the state of Michigan.

 

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The restaurant is located between Nordstrom and Lord & Taylor.

 

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Outdoor seating is available in the patio that is attached to the restaurant.

 

 

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