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August 7, 1992 | IRIS YOKOI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It wasn't a huge hit, but the Hard Rock Cafe's request for a 50-foot-tall, guitar-shaped sign at its proposed Fashion Island location was approved by the Newport Beach Planning Commission on Thursday night. Although three of the commissioners opposed the size of the flashing sign, the other four voted to allow it, with the proviso that they would review the situation 90 days after the sign goes up. "Some energy in the city might be quite wonderful," Commissioner Norma Glover said.
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June 8, 1996 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Celebrity restaurateur Peter Morton, who pioneered the trend for themed eateries 25 years ago when he co-founded the Hard Rock Cafe, said Friday that he and his partners have sold their interest in the restaurant chain to the Rank Organisation of Britain for $410 million. Morton's share of the proceeds is about $300 million, with the remaining amount going to his numerous partners who were passive investors, including such well-known Hollywood figures as mogul Barry Diller and actor Tom Cruise.
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BUSINESS
June 8, 1996 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Celebrity restaurateur Peter Morton, who pioneered the trend for themed eateries 25 years ago when he co-founded the Hard Rock Cafe, said Friday that he and his partners have sold their interest in the restaurant chain to the Rank Organisation of Britain for $410 million. Morton's share of the proceeds is about $300 million, with the remaining amount going to his numerous partners who were passive investors, including such well-known Hollywood figures as mogul Barry Diller and actor Tom Cruise.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1992 | IRIS YOKOI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It wasn't a huge hit, but the Hard Rock Cafe's request for a 50-foot-tall, guitar-shaped sign at its proposed Fashion Island location was approved by the Newport Beach Planning Commission on Thursday night. Although three of the commissioners opposed the size of the flashing sign, the other four voted to allow it, with the proviso that they would review the situation 90 days after the sign goes up. "Some energy in the city might be quite wonderful," Commissioner Norma Glover said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 1988 | DEBORAH CAULFIELD, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Dan Aykroyd will revive the character of Elwood Blue. Elwood--half of the Blues Brothers singing duo that Aykroyd created with the late John Belushi--will make his comeback at a star-studded satellite broadcast benefit for the homeless to be held this year at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York, it was announced Wednesday. Co-sponsored by Coca-Cola Inc.
BUSINESS
June 21, 1997 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, the popular outdoor concert site threatened with destruction in a recent dispute, is being sold to a financier who helped propel the Hard Rock Cafe chain to international fame. In an agreement disclosed Friday, Thomas "Jock" Weaver III's Nashville Country Club Inc. will buy 51% of the theater from a group headed by Robert E. Geddes, the theater's managing partner. Weaver also is buying control of Geddes' Avalon West Coast, a leading concert producer and promoter.
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