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The Pastrami Burger(TM) Makes a Comeback at Carl's Jr.®
Popular Limited-Time Offering Returns to Menu

CARPINTERIA, Calif., July 26, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- The marriage of meat that spawned a new way to think about burger toppings is back: the Pastrami Burger(TM) hits the menu again at Carl's Jr. today. Introduced as the original meat-as-a-condiment hamburger in late 2004, the mix of thinly sliced pastrami, tangy yellow mustard, tart pickles, fresh produce, and a juicy, all-beef patty drew rave reviews from customers and cries for its return when its run expired in early 2005.

"The Pastrami Burger was one of the most popular limited-time burgers in our history," said Brad Haley, executive vice president of marketing for Carl's Jr. "And it's understandable why, since it combines two great tastes -- a delicious Carl's Jr. burger and a classic, steaming hot pastrami sandwich -- into one awesome mutant burger. So, we're pleased to be able to bring it back this summer to give existing fans what they've been asking for and to give first-timers another chance to enjoy what they may have missed."

Pastrami burgers, longtime favorites at local landmark burger joints such as The Hat in Los Angeles and Crown Burgers in Salt Lake City, made their major debut in the QSR industry when Carl's Jr. caught on to the phenomenon and introduced one in November of 2004. The unexpected pairing met praise among a wide audience, and its meat-on-meat appeal is even credited with being the inspiration for the Philly Cheesesteak Thickburger, introduced at sister chain Hardee's this past April. Today, Carl's Jr. brings the cult classic full circle with the return of the Pastrami Burger to nearly one thousand restaurants across the west.

The Pastrami Burger at Carl's Jr. features a charbroiled, all-beef patty topped with hot, thinly sliced pastrami, red onion, dill pickles, lettuce, tomato and mustard, sandwiched between two toasted, seeded buns. Participating restaurants will offer the Pastrami Burger at a suggested retail price of $3.79 for a single ($5.59 for a combo) and $4.79 for a double ($6.59 for a combo).

This year, Carl's Jr. celebrates 65 years in the quick-service industry. What began as a lone hot dog cart in Los Angeles, Calif. in 1941 is today an international organization that employs nearly 30,000 people worldwide. Carl's Jr. is a wholly owned subsidiary of CKE Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: CKR) of Carpinteria, Calif. As of the first fiscal quarter ended May 22, 2006, CKE Restaurants, Inc., through its subsidiaries, had a total of 3,141 franchised or company-owned restaurants in 43 states and in 13 countries, including 1,062 Carl's Jr. restaurants, 1,963 Hardee's® restaurants and 100 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.

*Photo of the Pastrami Burger is available upon request.

SOURCE Carl's Jr.

Anne Hallock of Carl's Jr., +1-805-745-7741, ahallock@ckr.com; or Kate Greenberg of Weber Shandwick, +1-310-854-8264, kgreenberg@webershandwick.com, for Carl's Jr.

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