Orlando, Fla. — Hard Rock International has appointed Stephen K. Judge as president of cafe operations. In this new role, Judge will use his more than 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry to oversee daily operations for 176 corporate and franchise locations around the world. Judge will report directly to CEO Jim Allen.
"Stephen has an impressive record of exceptional leadership and in-depth experience in leading innovation and driving growth in the restaurant industry," says Allen. "We look forward to seeing Stephen lead the business and work to grow the Hard Rock Cafe brand."
Prior to joining Hard Rock, Judge was the president and chief executive officer of Romacorp, overseeing 150 restaurants in 32 countries. Throughout his career, he has played key leadership roles in a number of academy/premier hospitality companies, including Bloomin' Brands, Darden Restaurants, MGM Mirage, Rosewood Hotels, in addition to working for several years in the cruise industry. For over 30 years, Judge has overseen the inception of new restaurant and bar concepts, directed multi-year food and beverage menu evolution and led food preparation and guest service efforts with uncompromising attention to detail.
With venues in 75 countries, including 176 cafes, 24 hotels and 11 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. The company owns, operates and franchises cafes in London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney, Dubai and more. For more information, visit www.hardrock.com and www.hardrock.com/cafes.
SOURCE: Hard Rock International