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MJKL Enterprises, LLC Announces Grand Opening of 50th Carl's Jr.® Restaurant in Arizona

Franchisee's Newest Phoenix Location Marks Milestone

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Tuesday, April 4, 2006 8:00 am EDT

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PHOENIX

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NYSE:
CKR
"It is with great pleasure that I congratulate MJKL Enterprises and the LeVecke family on their 50th Carl's Jr. Restaurant opening in Arizona"

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Carl's Jr.® invites the Phoenix community to celebrate today's grand opening of a new restaurant located at 2750 W. Thomas Road -- the 50th Arizona restaurant location for Carl's Jr. franchise company MJKL Enterprises, LLC.

MJKL was formed by the grandchildren of Carl's Jr. founder Carl N. Karcher in August 2000 in Phoenix, Ariz. MJKL built its franchise holding from two restaurants in 2001 to 23 in 2003, more than doubling that number within the next three years. Still based in Arizona, MJKL proudly supports the Phoenix Children's Hospital and Veteran's Medical Leadership Council, and was recognized by parent company CKE Restaurants, Inc. in 2003 with the Founders Award, given to recognize the franchise company determined to best exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit, community involvement and very ideals set forth by its founders, Carl and Margaret Karcher.

"It is with great pleasure that I congratulate MJKL Enterprises and the LeVecke family on their 50th Carl's Jr. Restaurant opening in Arizona," said Carl's Jr. president and CEO Andrew F. Puzder. "Their commitment to quality and service -- principles on which their grandfather, Carl N. Karcher, founded this company -- has led them to great and much-deserved success in Phoenix and across the state of Arizona. I am sure I speak for Carl, as well as our Company and myself, when I say we are all very proud of their achievements. MJKL and the LeVecke family deserve much credit for their efforts to play a part in their community, and I encourage Phoenix locals to stop in to one of their great restaurants and try a Six Dollar Burger, or make Carl's Jr. a part of their morning breakfast routine."

The restaurant will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. and offers a convenient drive-thru service. The menu features Carl's Jr. signature charbroiled hamburgers and chicken sandwiches, including The Six Dollar Burger, made with 100 percent Angus beef, the cult classic Western Bacon Cheeseburger(TM), and the Super Star(TM). Morning visitors will be treated to the unique lunch-for-breakfast menu item, the Breakfast Burger(TM). Recently, Hand-Scooped Ice Cream Shakes & Malts(TM) were added to the menu.

Carl's Jr. is a wholly owned subsidiary of CKE Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: CKR) of Carpinteria, Calif. As of the third fiscal quarter ended Nov. 7, 2005, CKE Restaurants, Inc., through its subsidiaries, had a total of 3,163 franchised or company-owned restaurants in 43 states and in 13 countries, including 1,042 Carl's Jr. restaurants, 2,004 Hardee's® restaurants and 101 La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill® restaurants. For more information, or to find a Carl's Jr. near you, go to www.ckr.com or www.carlsjr.com.

Contact:

Carl's Jr.
Anne Hallock, +1-805-745-7741
ahallock@ckr.com
or
MJKL Enterprises, Inc.
Margaret LeVecke, +1-602-722-3492
margaretr@starburgers.com
or
Web site: http://www.carlsjr.com
http://www.ckr.com