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Hard Rock Cafe

Leadership

Hard Rock names Kim Boerema president of cafe operations

The longtime restaurant veteran was previously COO of California Pizza Kitchen.

Leadership

Hard Rock Cafe parts with its president, Stephen Judge

The casual chain has yet to announce his replacement.

Diners crave both healthier fare and comfort foods in winter.

Food and drink menus with a holiday theme were trending this week. Also new are seasonal items focusing on seafood. Here’s a roundup of menu activity for this week.

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The second unit of Chicken Guy is slated to open this spring.

He’ll oversee four “daytime-only” concepts.

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Operators are experimenting with squash-topped burgers and squash patties using a variety of gourd types.

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