Hard Rock Cafe Macau Now Open in The City Of Dreams
Macau, February 14, 2012 – Dining fit for rock royalty makes its way to Macau with the opening of Hard Rock Cafe Macau! Hard Rock International announces the opening of its first cafe in the Hard Rock Hotel in the City of Dreams complex. Hard Rock Cafe Macau is located on the Cotai Strip between the islands of Taipa and Coloane, at the epicenter of the city’s entertainment and gaming district. The new Hard Rock Cafe Macau is poised to become a must-see for visitors and locals alike. The 620-square-meter cafe includes seating for 229, a vibrant bar, elevated luxury booths, a live music area, VIP lounge and Rock Shop, featuring Hard Rock’s limited-edition merchandise. Memorabilia from Hard Rock’s iconic collection adorns the walls of Hard Rock Cafe Macau, with items from many of the world’s most beloved and recognizable musicians, including contemporary artists with local ties. Key memorabilia items are now on display, from electric guitars played by Paul Stanley of KISS and Limp Bizkit’s Wes Borland, to a bass guitar used by The Who, to a pink satin shirt worn by Katy Perry.
Orlando, Fla., February 6, 2012 – Hard Rock International is proud to announce the winners of its 2012 Awards in recognition of outstanding accomplishments and dedication of employees, franchisees and partners. Hard Rock selected the top “rock stars” from more than 174 Hard Rock locations in 53 countries and hundreds of partners worldwide. The much-anticipated awards were chosen based on financial performance, unique sales accomplishments, community contributions, creativity, strategic marketing, philanthropy, brand loyalty and leadership. The ceremony included the highly-coveted awards for “Company Worldwide Cafe of the Year,” given to the team at Hard Rock Cafe Venice; “Franchise Cafe of the Year,” awarded to Hard Rock Cafe Buenos Aires; “Franchisee of the Year” given to HRC Colombia; “Hotel of the Year,” presented to Hard Rock Hotel Orlando; and “Hotel & Casino of the Year” given to Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi. Award highlights also included “Company General Manager of the Year” for 2011, proudly presented to Nicos Charalambous of Hard Rock Cafe Orlando, who received a Harley Davidson motorcycle for his outstanding leadership; and Gordon D’Saouzo of Hard Rock Cafe Mumbai, who took home the award for “Franchise General Manager of the Year,” along with a check for $10,000.
New Location Set to Open in Summer 2012
Brussels, Belgium, January 26, 2012 – Belgium’s capital gets ready to rock, as the iconic Hard Rock Cafe makes its way to Brussels! Hard Rock International is pleased to announce plans to bring the brand’s one-of-a-kind blend of music, entertainment and authentic scratch-based cuisine to Brussels, with a state-of-the-art location showcasing Hard Rock’s new design style and latest technology. The multi-level location, located in the heart of the city’s historic Grand Place, will be sure to contend as one of the Brussels’ premier dining and entertainment destinations.Hard Rock Cafe Brussels will be complete with both indoor and outdoor dining areas including upscale design features and innovative technology, featuring the Rock Wall™ Solo, an interactive touch wall featuring technology enabling fans to explore the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia collection and virtually tour all of the company’s 174 venues around the world. In addition, memorabilia from Hard Rock’s iconic collection will adorn the walls of Hard Rock Cafe Brussels, including items from legendary musicians from around the world, as well as today’s top contemporary artists.
More Than 12,000 Bands Compete for Your Vote as Part of the Hard Rock Rising Global Battle of the Bands Orlando, Fla., January 25, 2012 – You vote – They Rock! Hard Rock Rising gives fans the power to decide who performs at Hard Rock Cafes worldwide as the battle of the bands gears up for the local, live music phase of the competition. More than 12,000 bands have entered the Hard Rock Rising competition for the chance of a lifetime, to be on the bill with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and additional headlining performers at Hard Rock Calling 2012 in London. The Rise of a Local Legend Beginning on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, Hard Rock Rising allows fans to choose the live performance lineup for local events at Hard Rock Cafes around the world. Fans can vote by downloading free tracks from bands of their choice at their local Hard Rock’s city-specific, Facebook page. After fans choose their favorites, participating Hard Rock Cafe locations around the world will host a series of live competitions featuring the local bands who received top votes. Bands will then be judged live by a panel of local industry experts and participating bands’ representatives, with one winner being selected from each location. For full rules and a list of participating locations visit www.hardrock.com/hrrising. “At Hard Rock live music is at the core of our brand, in 2011 we put on more than 17,000 live music events across our properties,” said John Galloway, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Hard Rock International. “We are privileged be able to offer the hottest up-and-coming bands a chance to showcase their talent on our local cafes stages and the shot to play at Hard Rock Calling 2012.”
Limited-Edition Merchandise to Benefit The Fender Music Foundation and The Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation
Orlando, Fla., February 9, 2012 – Hard Rock International honors legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix with the launch of the brand’s Jimi Hendrix Signature Series: Edition 29 T-shirt and pin, the former featuring a visual representation of the music legend’s most recognizable songs on a guitar image designed collaboratively in 1970 by artist Alan Aldridge, creator of Hard Rock Cafe’s iconic logo, and Hendrix. The limited-edition merchandise is available in stores and online, with 15% of the retail price benefiting The Fender Music Foundation and Seattle’s Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation. “We are delighted that Jimi is playing such an important role in supporting multiple worthy causes,” said Janie Hendrix, sister of Jimi Hendrix. “It would warm his heart to know that his legacy is being honored this way, continuing to have an impact on the entire universe. At Authentic Hendrix, we're working to fulfill his vision. Joining our long-term partners the Hard Rock International and The Fender Foundation allows us to continue to shape and inspire our communities through music."
Hard Rock Cafe Budapest Now Open in Vörösmarty Square
Budapest, Hungary, December 14, 2011 – They have wowed crowds in London, shocked the masses in Paris and entertained fans in New York – now Hard Rock Cafe makes its debut in Hungary! Hard Rock International today announced the opening of its first cafe location in the heart of Hungary’s capital and bustling metropolis. Hard Rock Cafe Budapest is located at the corner of Vörösmarty Square and Váci Street. Located in the epicenter of the city’s most famous shopping and business district, the new Hard Rock Cafe Budapest is poised to become a must-see for both visitors and locals. The Budapest cafe is owned and operated by Bigosz Kft.The four-level, 1097-square-meter cafe includes seating for 220, a vibrant bar, a live music area and Rock Shop. Memorabilia from Hard Rock’s iconic collection adorns the walls of Hard Rock Cafe Budapest, including items from legendary musicians from around the world, as well as today’s top contemporary artists. Key memorabilia items featured include: handwritten letters penned by Madonna, Michael Jackson’s platinum award for his Thriller album, an autographed grey suit jacket worn by Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones, as well as clothing from Christina Aguilera and Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora and a concert poster The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
On November 3, 2011, a United States Federal Judge in Springfield, Missouri, entered final judgment for Hard Rock Cafe International (USA), Inc. against Defendant Daniel Bakker in the amount of $500,000 with a Permanent Injunction. In January 2011, Hard Rock Cafe International (USA), Inc. sued Bakker for orchestrating the manufacture, distribution and sale of counterfeit Hard Rock Cafe pins. Hard Rock Cafe's investigation revealed that Bakker was assisted by two Taiwanese citizens. Hard Rock Cafe also pursued the foreign accomplices, who were sentenced to prison in Taiwan for their criminal counterfeiting activities. As a result of a seizure conducted at multiple locations by the United States Marshal's Office and Hard Rock Café's outside counsel, Baker & McKenzie LLP, thousands of counterfeit Hard Rock Cafe pins were seized before they could be sold to unsuspecting pin collectors. Gian Bonfanti, Senior Director of Buying at Hard Rock Cafe, stated "Hard Rock Cafe is very pleased with the results of its federal court action against Daniel Bakker. Hard Rock Cafe will continue to monitor and aggressively pursue individuals who are involved in counterfeiting Hard Rock Cafe merchandise or trading off of Hard Rock Cafe's forty-year reputation." For additional information, please contact John Gogarty/Amanda Early 973-588-2000.
New Location ~ New Look ~ New Vibe ~ New Memorabilia
Orlando, Fla., November 18, 2011 – Rock has officially returned to Dubai! Today Hard Rock International opened its flagship Dubai cafe location at the heart of Festival Centre. After 11 successful years on Sheikh Zayed Road, the bigger and better cafe has relocated to Dubai Festival City’s award-winning shopping and leisure precinct. Beginning today, the new Hard Rock Cafe Dubai will offer guests a first look at a fresh collection of one-of-a-kind memorabilia items from several iconic artists, including Shakira and Aerosmith, as well as Prince and The Who.
Orlando, Fla., November 1, 2011 – Forty years ago, the late John Lennon dared to “Imagine” a world free from hunger, poverty and at peace forever with the release of his album’s title track. Decades later, his legacy thrives as his wife, artist and musician Yoko Ono Lennon joins Hard Rock International and WhyHunger once again for IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER, a global campaign to combat childhood hunger and poverty around the world. Dedicated to the brand’s “All is One” core value, proceeds from Hard Rock’s campaign will directly benefit WhyHunger, a leader in building the global movement to end hunger and poverty, and its grassroots partners around the globe in hopes of finding long-term solutions through sustainable agriculture.“We know what a difference our IMAGINE program has made in the lives of children in need via our global beneficiaries,” said Hamish Dodds, president and CEO, Hard Rock International, and Global Ambassador for WhyHunger. “Hard Rock is honored to partner with WhyHunger and Yoko Ono Lennon for the fourth consecutive year in efforts to help break the cycle of hunger and poverty.”
Orlando, Fla. (October 20, 2011) – Having recently teamed on Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, Hard Rock International today announced an agreement with Palace Resorts LLC to transform Palace Resorts properties in Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Maya into Hard Rock Hotels. These will be “ultimate all-inclusive” properties that bring the acclaimed Hard Rock experience to these popular Mexican tourist destinations.