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September 7, 1988
A large section of ceiling collapsed today at the landmark Hard Rock Cafe in West Hollywood, sending customers fleeing and temporarily trapping a bartender, but no injuries were reported, witnesses and fire officials said. The collapse occurred just before noon and forced an evacuation of the restaurant next to Beverly Center, a manager said. The cafe is expected to be closed for the day while officials investigate the damage.
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October 26, 2007 | Rachel Beckman, Washington Post
WASHINGTON -- Dorothy's ruby slippers. Kermit the Frog. Archie Bunker's chair. As the curator of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History's entertainment collection, Dwight Blocker Bowers oversees some of the institution's signature items. But right now, weaving through a maze of metal cabinets in a storage room in the depths of the museum, Bowers wants to talk about Dustin Hoffman's fake breasts. "Ooh, I do have to show you these," Bowers says as he grabs a small yellow box.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1992 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than 15,000 of Orange County's young and trendy gathered Sunday in a Fashion Island parking lot to welcome the latest addition to the local social scene: the Hard Rock Cafe. The 250-seat rock-'n'-roll eatery, which opens to the public today, joins outlets in 10 other cities. Determined not to be outdone by last month's glitzy opening of rival Planet Hollywood--the movie eatery--at South Coast Plaza, the Hard Rock Cafe benefit struck a populist note.
BUSINESS
July 5, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Leisure and gaming conglomerate Rank Group said Tuesday that it might sell its iconic Hard Rock Cafe chain to concentrate on gambling in Britain. Shares in Rank, which last year sold its DVD business and split off its film production unit, rose 2.5% on the London Stock Exchange after it announced a review of the Hard Rock chain's "potential strategic options."
BUSINESS
March 12, 1996
Hard Rock Cafe International has hired James Berk, director of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Foundation, as president and chief executive. Berk, 36, succeeds Arthur Levitt as chief executive. Levitt, 38, a former Walt Disney Co. executive, announced in December that he would return to Disney. Berk will join Hard Rock Cafe in April.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 1989 | DAN BERGER
In the cafe of the 1950s, the wine list was simple: "white, red and rose." The Hard Rock, which has burgers and banana splits among other homages to the '50s, has upscaled the wine offering: "White, red and blush." $2.50. The wines? All from Fetzer. The white is called chablis by the wait staff, but it's really Fetzer Premium White, a simple blended wine. There also is a Chardonnay. Curiously, the chablis is drier than the Chardonnay.
NEWS
November 12, 1992 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
James Newman Hood sits in a quaint, ornate courtroom, rocking slowly in his wooden chair, as lawyers and witnesses chart his descent from the golden existence and happy family life he once knew to the prospect of financial ruin and a life behind bars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 1995 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI
A welder who left his torch on a strip of insulation at a Hard Rock Cafe that is under construction set the structure ablaze Wednesday, but the fire was soon extinguished by firefighters, officials said. The fire started about 11:50 a.m. and was put out about 35 minutes later, Los Angeles County Firefighter Larry Duran said. The flames ran along the insulation in the three-story structure and never ignited the frame, Duran said. There were no injuries.
BUSINESS
March 6, 1987
The restaurant chain said it is seeking American investors to help it finance a worldwide chain of eateries. With flagship restaurants now in Los Angeles and New York, Hard Rock plans to open in such cities as Boston, Washington and Reykjavik, Iceland. Hard Rock Cafe PLC said it will offer investors 2,240,000 American depositary shares, each of which represents five of its Class A ordinary shares at an initial price of $14 to $16 each.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 1995
The city Ethics Commission ratified a settlement Wednesday for the owner of the Hard Rock Cafe chain to pay a $12,000 fine for breaking campaign contribution limits. As part of the deal, Peter Morton and Hard Rock Cafe America admitted their wrongdoing. He attributed the violations to accounting errors. In 1991 and 1992, Morton, Hard Rock and an affiliated company gave a total of $6,000 in illegal contributions to former City Councilman Mike Woo, who ran for mayor in 1993 and lost in the runoff.
BUSINESS
October 31, 2000 | From Bloomberg News
Hard Rock Cafe International is suing teen-clothing retailer Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. for selling merchandise under the "Hard Rap Cafe" label. Hard Rock has invested more than $50 million in promotions featuring its trademark logos on merchandise, the company claims. Hard Rock Cafe T-shirts "have achieved a unique cult-like aura and popularity," Hard Rock claims in its lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Tampa, Fla.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 1999 | ERNESTO LECHNER, Ernesto Lechner is a frequent contributor to Calendar
Sparks are flying inside a Van Nuys recording studio, where Mexican group Cafe Tacuba is recording its new album. The most famous production team in rock en espan~ol, Gustavo Santaolalla and Anibal Kerpel have locked horns during the mixing of "Esperando" (Waiting), an intimate, 40-second solo song by Quique, the band's bassist. Santaolalla has decided to create a theatrical effect by pushing the bass to the front of the mix. And Kerpel is quick to disagree. "It's too loud," he says.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 1997 | CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Four years ago, Jonny Lang probably would have enjoyed seeing the autographed Stone Temple Pilots guitar on the wall of the local Hard Rock Cafe more than the nearby Stevie Ray Vaughan guitar. It was the late bluesman's old Stratocaster, though, that caught the 16-year-old blues prodigy's eye last week at the restaurant, one of a dozen Hard Rocks that Lang is playing on a brief tour. He'll be at the Hard Rock in Los Angeles on Saturday, in Newport Beach on Sunday and Universal City on April 8.
BUSINESS
March 12, 1996
Hard Rock Cafe International has hired James Berk, director of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Foundation, as president and chief executive. Berk, 36, succeeds Arthur Levitt as chief executive. Levitt, 38, a former Walt Disney Co. executive, announced in December that he would return to Disney. Berk will join Hard Rock Cafe in April.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1995 | KAY HWANGBO
The Hard Rock Cafe was granted a conditional use permit this week by the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission to serve liquor at its new restaurant under construction at Universal CityWalk. Members of the Studio City Residents Assn. and the Cahuenga Pass Property Owners Assn. spoke at the hearing Wednesday against issuance of the county permit, saying there already are too many CityWalk establishments that have liquor permits.
BUSINESS
October 15, 1992 | Chris Woodyard / Times staff writer
As bartending jobs go, mixing margaritas at the new Hard Rock Cafe in Newport Beach would probably be considered among the best. So thousands of prospective Tom Cruises (remember the movie "Cocktail"?) are expected to storm the parking lot of Fashion Island on Monday to apply for the 150 jobs at the chain's latest restaurant.
FOOD
February 5, 1987
Monies from the sale of all meals and beverages at the Hard Rock Cafe on Monday will benefit the food bank, Love Is Feeding Everyone (LIFE). A number of TV, film and recording artists also will be on hand from 7 to 9 p.m. to assist. Celebrities scheduled to appear include Dick Clark, Emilio Estevez, Muhammad Ali, Lily Tomlin, John Ritter, Maud Adams and Mayor Tom Bradley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 1995 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI
A welder who left his torch on a strip of insulation at a Hard Rock Cafe that is under construction set the structure ablaze Wednesday, but the fire was soon extinguished by firefighters, officials said. The fire started about 11:50 a.m. and was put out about 35 minutes later, Los Angeles County Firefighter Larry Duran said. The flames ran along the insulation in the three-story structure and never ignited the frame, Duran said. There were no injuries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1995
Continuing a crackdown on political money laundering in the Los Angeles area, the state Fair Political Practices Commission on Monday announced a total of $54,000 in penalties from settlements with a Taipei investment firm and operators of the Hard Rock Cafe chain. "We want to send a message to the community that if you engage in money laundering, you are going to pay a hefty penalty," FPPC Chairman Ravi Metha said. In the settlements, Grand Sunrise Inc.
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