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Occupation: Sales and Marketing Manager, Hard Rock Café, Honolulu
Where were you born and raised? Brookfield, Wis.
What started your interest in the food and beverage industry? My grandparents owned a bar, Club 36, in Wisconsin, so I grew up around that. I remember being in the bar area watching them pour drinks and I’d steal candy bars from behind the bar. And then I worked in restaurants as I was growing up.
Do you remember thinking that the bar industry might be fun? Yes, it was always fun! They had a huge banquet hall attached to the bar, and they always held big parties and events.
There’s a strong connection between Hard Rock artists and Hawaii in your Honolulu location. Is everything on display in Waikiki from Hawaii? Every piece of memorabilia is from an artist who has performed in Hawaii or who is from Hawaii. We have Henry Kapono’s guitar, Johnny Cash’s suit, a Dragnet badge and the guitar given to Elvis when he was here ... and we have Pepper’s board shorts and guitar.
How do you describe Hard Rock to people who’ve never been? Well, it’s all about rock ‘n’ roll and having a great time ( laughs). People come for the videos the kind you can’t see anymore great music, and classic American food.
What’s your favorite dish on the menu? Our tacos made with fresh, local fish.
Favorite restaurants? I love a good steak so I love Ruth’s Chris and I also like Indigo.
Do you cook at home? No! I never cook (laughs).
What’s always in the fridge? Milk and cereal.
Who’d you most like to have dinner with at Hard Rock? My grandma, for sure. She passed away, but it would definitely be her. I adored her. And it would be fun for her to see this!
Anything about you that might surprise us? I am a really great basketball player (laughs). I played in high school and I can still take ‘em on.
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