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Posted on December 29, 2007 | Tags:
India’s Second Hard Rock Location Ready to Rock!
Orlando, FL, December 29, 2007 – Hard Rock International, one of the world's most recognizable brands, is proud to announce the opening of Hard Rock Cafe Bengaluru, on Saturday, December 29th. The new 9,000-square-foot cafe and retail outlet will offer guests great American fare in a rock 'n' roll atmosphere at the center of Bengaluru, Karnataka. The opening of Hard Rock Cafe Bengaluru marks India’s second Hard Rock Cafe location, joining the flagship Mumbai cafe, which opened in September 2006.

Operated by franchisee HR Cafe India Pvt. Ltd., Hard Rock Cafe Bengaluru is located at 16 St. Marks Road, Bangalore 1, at the very heart of this booming city. Hard Rock Cafe Bengaluru is ideally situated near luxury hotels and great shopping, and a short distance from the international airport, offering a convenient destination for both local fans and international travelers.

“Bengaluru is quickly becoming one of the world’s most successful international hubs,” said Hamish Dodds, president and CEO of Hard Rock International. “We have been delighted at the success of our Mumbai cafe and welcome the opportunity to expand our world-famous Hard Rock brand to a second location in this historic, yet metropolitan gateway to Southern India.”

Hard Rock Cafe Bengaluru will be one of the city’s premier dining and entertainment destinations, with three distinct sections, including a 100-seat restaurant, a bar area with more than 120 seats and an open courtyard, as well as Hard Rock’s signature retail Rock Shop. Located in the heart of the city at the intersection of M.G. Road and St. Marks Road, the state-of-the-art facility will be adorned with pieces from Hard Rock’s world-famous memorabilia collection, including items representing both contemporary stars and rock legends.

Hard Rock Cafe Bengaluru will be owned and operated by HR Cafe India Pvt. Ltd., which boasts extensive experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry, including an existing cafe in Mumbai, India’s first Hard Rock location.

For the first time, Hard Rock Cafe Bengaluru limited-edition and city-specific merchandise will be available. The Rock Shop will offer a limited line of authentic Hard Rock Cafe items, including Hard Rock’s famous Classic and City t-shirts, as well as highly collectible accessories and pins. In addition, the Bengaluru cafe will offer Hard Rock’s charity-driven Signature Series line, featuring artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Shakira, Eric Clapton and Green Day T-shirts.

For more information, please visit www.hardrock.com.

About Hard Rock International
With 123 high-energy Hard Rock Cafes and nine Hotels/Casinos in 47 countries, Hard Rock International is one of the world’s most globally recognized brands. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. In addition to the two flagship Seminole Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, Fla., Hard Rock Hotels/Casinos are located in Las Vegas, Biloxi, Orlando, Chicago, San Diego, Pattaya and Bali. Additional hotel and casino projects have been announced in Macau and Penang, both scheduled to open in 2009; Palm Springs, Atlanta and Panama, scheduled to open in 2010; and Dubai, scheduled to open in 2011. Hard Rock International, Inc. is owned by Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, Inc. For more information on Hard Rock, visit www.hardrock.com.

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Posted on December 13, 2007 | Tags:
Colombia’s Second Hard Rock Location Ready to Rock!
Orlando, FL - December 13, 2007 - Hard Rock International, one of the world's most recognizable brands, is proud to announce the opening of Hard Rock Cafe Cartagena, on Thursday, December 13th. The new 9,682-square foot cafe and retail outlet will offer guests great American fare in a rock 'n' roll atmosphere at the center of Cartagena, Colombia.

Operated by franchisee HRC de Colombia S.A., Hard Rock Cafe Cartagena will be located in La Plaza de la Aduana, the town square at the very heart of this ancient walled city. Hard Rock Cafe Cartagena will be ideally situated near luxury hotels and great shopping, and a short distance from the international airport, offering a convenient destination for both local fans and travelers.

"Cartagena is a city rich in culture and history," said Hamish Dodds, president and CEO of Hard Rock International. "We are delighted at the opportunity to bring our world-famous Hard Rock brand to this historical and beautiful setting on the Caribbean Sea."

Hard Rock Cafe Cartagena will be one of the city’s premier dining and entertainment destinations, with two levels, including a 200-seat restaurant and bar area, VIP room and Hard Rock’s signature retail Rock Shop. Blending in with the colonial architectural style, the Cartagena cafe complements the landscape with restored balconies that overlook the town square and the bay, as well as a beautiful outdoor colonial patio for special events or alfresco dining. The state-of-the-art facility will be adorned with pieces from Hard Rock’s world-famous memorabilia collection, including items representing both contemporary stars and rock legends. Hard Rock Cafe Cartagena will be owned and operated by HRC de Colombia S.A., with extensive experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry, including an existing cafe in Bogotá, Colombia’s first Hard Rock location.

For the first time, Hard Rock Cafe Cartagena merchandise will also be available. The Rock Shop will offer a limited line of authentic Hard Rock Cafe merchandise, including Hard Rock’s famous classic and city t-shirts, as well as highly collectible accessories and pins. In addition, the Cartagena cafe will offer Hard Rock’s charity-driven Signature Series line, featuring artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Shakira, Eric Clapton and the recently-released Green Day T-shirt.

For more information, please visit www.hardrock.com.

About Hard Rock International
With 122 high-energy Hard Rock Cafes and nine Hotels/Casinos in 47 countries, Hard Rock International is one of the world’s most globally recognized brands. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. In addition to the two flagship Seminole Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, Fla., Hard Rock Hotels/Casinos are located in Las Vegas, Biloxi, Orlando, Chicago, San Diego, Pattaya and Bali. Additional hotel and casino projects have been announced in Macau and Penang, both scheduled to open in 2009; Palm Springs, Atlanta and Panama, scheduled to open in 2010; and Dubai, scheduled to open in 2011. Hard Rock International, Inc. is owned by Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, Inc. For more information on Hard Rock, visit www.hardrock.com.
Posted on December 08, 2007 | Tags:

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA  – The highly anticipated Hard Rock Hotel San Diego marks its official Grand Opening, Monday, December 10 with an exclusive performance by the Grammy® Award-winning Black Eyed Peas.  

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego partnered with the Grammy® Award-winning Black Eyed Peas to collaborate on the design for one of the hotel’s Rock Star Suites, and to raise awareness and funds for The Black Eyed Peas’ charity, The Peapod Foundation, a global organization dedicated to providing opportunities and support for children worldwide (www.peapodfoundation.org). 

In designing their Rock Star Suite, the group -- will.i.am, Fergie, apl.de.ap and Taboo -- hand selected everything from the furniture to the bed linens and the suite will reflect band members’ personal touches, such as a video greeting from will.i.am for guests staying in the suites, where he suggests everything from his favorite haunts in the historic Gaslamp Quarter to choice tunes stashed in his personal music collection.

Situated at the entrance to the city’s renowned Gaslamp Quarter, Hard Rock Hotel San Diego is poised to be a hub of activity and a destination unto itself. The property boasts an upscale, contemporary design, signature restaurants, sophisticated nightlife and exceptional customer service with Hard Rock’s signature rock ‘n’ roll edge.  A dynamic lobby with soaring 40-foot ceilings welcomes guests as music courses through the air, courtesy of specialized set lists created by the property’s own Vibe Manager. Stylish Usherettes greet guests and guide them to check-in kiosks, while an ever-changing Technicolor light wall welcomes guests to the pulse and energy of Hard Rock.

The 12-story, 315,000-square-foot property features 420 suites, 40,000 square feet of unique indoor/outdoor meeting space, nightlife destinations created by Rande Gerber including the sultry lobby lounge, Sweetwater Saloon and rooftop respite, Moonstone, a Nobu restaurant by celebrated chef Nobu Matsuhisa, and the Hard Rock Hotel’s own signature comfort-chic coffee shop, Maryjane’s.  Additionally, sweet-spot Pinkberry will offer its irresistible frozen yogurt served with the freshest toppings – a culinary concept with fanatics nationwide.

“The Hard Rock Hotel San Diego embodies modern luxury with an edge, as our property is a compilation of the best talent from the contemporary hospitality, restaurant, nightlife, entertainment and design industries,” said Robert Todak, Hard Rock Hotel San Diego General Manager. “We are thrilled to rock San Diego in a way no other hotel can and expect our guests to reap the benefits of this collaboration with a truly unforgettable stay.”

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego breaks with the standards of conventional design with suites that feature stunning cantilevered furniture, halo-illuminated beds that create a sense of floating, 300-thread count cotton linens, state-of-the-art lighting, celebrity green-room inspired refreshment centers and sensually-styled bathrooms with ceiling-mounted rain showers. Technology is infused through the rooms with integrated video and sound systems, including a home-theatre entertainment center with 42” LCD high-definition televisions with jack pack that connects a variety of electronic devices, WiFi Internet access and a laptop safe.  Guests are also treated to the world-class Rock Spa and state of the art fitness center.  The hotel’s concierge service which reflects the brand’s core mantra – Love All, Serve All – provides unique, extraordinary service 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week.

Guests opting to turn it up a notch for an ultra-VIP experience will soon have the opportunity to stay in one of 17 custom-designed Rock Star Suites that take the chic urban loft idea to a new level -- matte leather couches, vibrantly colored plush pillows, dark ebony floors and hand-woven custom rugs.  Each suite is unique with one of the top floor suites featuring a fire pit and deck seating for 20, while another boasts 270-degree views of the San Diego Bay and an outdoor hot tub.

The hotel is also home to Folsom, a spectacular 5,000-square-foot entertainment venue for concerts, celebrity DJs, movie premieres and more.

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego is located at the entrance to the historic Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego’s thriving dining and entertainment district, across the street from the San Diego Convention Center and one block from PETCO Park. It is also centrally located with easy access to all major attractions including Coronado Island, SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo, and a short two miles from San Diego International Airport.

About Hard Rock International
With 121 high-energy Hard Rock Cafes and nine Hotels/Casinos in 47 countries, Hard Rock International is one of the world’s most globally recognized brands. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. In addition to the two flagship Seminole Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, Fla., Hard Rock Hotels/Casinos are located in Las Vegas, Biloxi, Orlando, Chicago, San Diego, Pattaya and Bali.  Additional hotel and casino projects have been announced in Macau and Penang, both scheduled to open in 2009; Palm Springs, Atlanta and Panama scheduled to open in 2010; and Dubai, scheduled to open in 2011. Hard Rock International, Inc. is owned by Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, Inc. For more information on Hard Rock, visit www.hardrock.com.

About Gerber Group
Rande Gerber and Scott Gerber are the founders and principals of the Gerber Group. The company, an evolution of their trademark brand, The Whiskey, was created to develop innovative nightlife, hotel, restaurant and lifestyle concepts. Rande Gerber founded The Whiskey over 15 years ago and has since become the most influential nightlife proprietor in the country. The extraordinary success of The Whiskey Bars has established the Gerber Group as pre-eminent tastemakers, with an uncanny ability to create chic, seductive bars with modern glamour that reflect the times and national moods. Their nightlife brand and vision continues to expand developing hotel bars with W Hotels, Hard Rock Hotels, Casinos & Resorts, Sofitel, ME by Melia Hotels and Maxim magazine. The Gerber Group’s latest ventures include Moonstone Lounge, located on the top floor of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi, Midnight Rose, a restaurant and lounge and The Penthouse, a roof top bar, in the historic Hotel Reina Victoria now ME Madrid; The Beach House, a modern Mexican restaurant with Chef Richard Sandoval; and Rose Bar at ME Cancun, a luxury resort in Cancun, Mexico; and a partnership with Maxim Magazine to develop Maxim Lounges the first of which debuted at ME Cancun. For additional information, visit www.gerberbars.com.

About Nobu
Nobu, the world’s most recognized Japanese restaurant known for its innovative new style Japanese cuisine, started as a business partnership in 1994 between chef Nobu Matsuhisa and his partners actor Robert De Niro, producer Meir Teper, and managing partner Richie Notar.  With the original restaurant in New York, the Nobu brand is now an empire that spans across the globe, from London to Tokyo, Las Vegas to Malibu, Milan to Miami Beach, Dallas to Paradise Island, The Bahamas.  The newest location in Hong Kong is followed by upcoming openings in Waikiki, Los Angeles, and San Diego.  Nobu restaurants, all a visual and culinary delight, continue to win unprecedented praise and rave reviews from such publications as the New York Times, the Zagat Surveys, and the Michelin Guide.  The restaurants' perennial popularity and devoted following are a tribute to Nobu putting his own spin on traditional Japanese cooking.  For additional information, visit www.noburestaurants.com.   

About the Peapod Foundation
The Peapod Foundation is a global leader in uniting people and encouraging social change through the power of music and media. Dedicated to providing opportunities for children, The Peapod Foundation supports social issues that affect children worldwide including: Shelter/Housing, Starvation, Healthcare, Education, Poverty, and Music/Artistic Education via Pea Pod School for the Arts. The Peapod Foundation was founded in 2005 by will.i.am. of The Black Eyed Peas and Polo Molina of Grassroots Productions.  Since its inception, The Peapod Foundation has produced benefit concerts around the globe that evangelize global awareness and has raised money to support issues that affect children worldwide. The Peapod Foundation is based in Los Angeles, CA and is a donor-advised fund of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), the philanthropic leader of the entertainment industry. For more information, visit www.peapodfoundation.org.

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