4/28/2003 - Hard Rock Cafe (www.hardrock.com) one of the world's most recognizable brands known for dining, rock music, memorabilia and entertainment, announced that the company will add a new location in Detroit, Michigan. The 8,200 square foot cafe will be located in the new Compuware headquarters building within Campus Martius in the heart of downtown Detroit. Scheduled to open in late 2003, Hard Rock Cafe Detroit will be situated at the main entrance to the Compuware building overlooking Campus Martius Park and will feature 225 seats of indoor, al fresco (within the Compuware atrium) and outdoor patio dining as well as a large, inviting bar area and merchandise store. It will be the first Hard Rock Cafe in Michigan.
"Detroit's rich music history and ongoing downtown revitalization efforts made the decision to open a Hard Rock Cafe location there an easy one," said Oliver Munday, Vice President of Strategic Development for Hard Rock Cafe International, Inc. "Detroit has been a target of ours for more than 10 years. We were waiting for the right location with the right partners and we've found both with Compuware."
Campus Martius, the 7-block, 2 million square foot development is conveniently located near the new land-based casinos, hotels, the theater and cultural districts, two brand new stadia and the Cobo Convention Center.
"We're honored to have Hard Rock Cafe as our anchor tenant," said Peter Karmanos, Compuware Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Our headquarters building will not only provide 4,100 Compuware employees with a fantastic work environment, but will also give Detroit a premier entertainment and retail destination."
"The commitment of Hard Rock Cafe to downtown Detroit brings extraordinary prestige to the city," said Kwame M. Kilpatrick, city of Detroit Mayor. "A top-notch, international retailer such as Hard Rock only builds on the tremendous momentum underway in Detroit. We're thrilled that our partnership with Compuware has resulted in what will be another dynamic and vibrant attraction in the Motor City."
For more information on Hard Rock Cafe, visit www.hardrock.com or your local Hard Rock Cafe location. Hard Rock Cafe, one of the most globally recognized music, entertainment and dining brands, has a network of more than 100 signature Hard Rock Cafes in 40 countries and a music memorabilia collection valued at nearly $32 million. Known for collectible and fashion merchandise, live concerts, Hard Rock Live performance venues, the Hard Rock Records music label, hardrock.com and Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos, Hard Rock Cafe International, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Rank Group Plc which is based in London, UK. (NASDAQ: RANKY).
Compuware Corporation, a multi-billion dollar company, provides business value through software and professional services that optimize productivity and reduce costs across the application life cycle. Meeting the rapidly changing needs of businesses of all sizes, Compuware’s market-leading solutions improve the quality, ease the integration and enhance the performance of distributed, e-business and enterprise software. For more information about Compuware, please contact the corporate offices at 800-521-9353. You may also visit Compuware on the World Wide Web at http://www.compuware.com.
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