First college campus California Pizza Kitchen opens

Oct. 7—The first California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) on a college campus recently opened at 12,400-student Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

Hofstra University, California Pizza Kitchen, Lackmann Culinary ServicesLocated in Hofstra’s Student Center Atrium, CPK is a quick-service restaurant that offers hearth-baked pizzas such as the Original BBQ Chicken pizza, pastas, salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups and desserts. Students also have the option to order CPK meals to go or for delivery.

CPK’s grand opening was timed to coincide with the introduction of two other new concepts, developed by Lackmann Culinary Services, which manages the account. Those concepts, Taro 13 Asian Fusion and Eli's Kosher Kitchen, are also in the Student Center.

“Lackmann Culinary Services is excited to start the new year with these three exciting new food concepts, especially California Pizza Kitchen," said Lisa Lahiji, director of marketing for colleges and universities for Lackmann.

For the grand opening, CPK offered samplings of its pizzas and pastas and ran a promotion where the first 400 customers received CPK sports bottles. Taro 13 Asian Fusion did a sampling of its new Bubble Tea series and did a drawing for a $50 declining-balance gift card to use at the location. Eli’s Kosher Kitchen conducted a student taste panel where students tasted three dishes; the most popular of these will be featured on the menu as the students’ choice.

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