CELEBRITY CHEF KERRY SIMON SET TO OPEN NEW RESTAURANT AT HARD ROCK HOTEL PALM SPRINGS

 Simon Kitchen + Bar Opening Slated for Mid-September

Palm Springs, CA (August 7, 2014) – Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs will crank up the volume on dining at its irreverent rock-inspired resort, with the addition of Simon Kitchen + Bar, the latest restaurant from celebrity chef Kerry Simon who is known for his legendary eateries in Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas, and abroad.

Dubbed the Rock ‘n’ Roll Chef by Rolling Stone Magazine, Kerry Simon was a natural fit for Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs.

“Kerry’s reputation in the kitchen is outstanding,” says Andy Carpiac, owner of Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs. “The menu that he has created for Simon Kitchen + Bar is amazing, and we are so fortunate to draw on his experience as the chef revered by celebrities and music legends including David Bowie, Matt Dillon, Ivana Trump, Debbie Harry and more.”

“Palm Springs is hot right now,” says Simon. “I’m very excited to be a part of this laid-back, hipster getaway. The menu that I’ve developed for Simon Kitchen + Bar is a little edgy, a little fun, and full of contemporary takes on the comfort foods we all love.”

The menu, which has an emphasis on sharing, includes social plates, sandwiches, entrées and stone-oven flatbreads. Social plates include tempura green beans made with pepper jelly and cream cheese; bacon jam served with baked brie and toasted baguette; and “Devil’s Eggs” complete with crispy pancetta and caviar.

Simon Kitchen + Bar was developed in partnership with hospitality veteran, Cory Harwell, President of Simon Hospitality Group, who has had his hand in the opening many high-level restaurants throughout Las Vegas.

“I’m really excited about this restaurant concept and knowing that we’ll be hosting locals and guests from Los Angeles and around the world,” says Harwell. “Creatively, it’s been a fun project for us, to create a restaurant experience that complements the vibe at Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs. It’s fun to design a more playful, yet sophisticated dining experience.”

About Simon Kitchen + Bar at Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs

Simon Kitchen + Bar is Chef Kerry Simon’s newest American restaurant in partnership with hospitality veteran, Cory Harwell. This edgy, California restaurant will open mid-September inside the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs, in Downtown Palm Springs. Simon Kitchen + Bar will feature Simon’s social plates, entrées, sandwiches, and other popular fare for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.  For more information, visit www.HRHPalmSprings.com.

About the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs

Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs is a luxury 163-room resort located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, California. This beautiful, music-inspired hotel offers comfort, style, and sophistication in an atmosphere that is anything but uptight. Its location just two hours from Los Angeles makes it the perfect getaway, with year-round sunshine, a Rock Spa, fitness center, shimmering pool with cabanas, plus the Simon Kitchen + Bar, the latest restaurant from celebrity chef Kerry Simon, offering delicious cuisine served with a cool, laid back vibe. Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs is owned by Kittridge Hotels & Resorts, LLC. For more information visit www.HRHPalmSprings.com, or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Hard Rock International

With a total of 186 venues in 57 countries, including 142 cafes, 20 hotels and 9 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Biloxi, Chicago, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, San Diego and Singapore. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Seoul, Vienna and Marseille. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Daytona Beach, Abu Dhabi and Shenzhen and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.

About Simon Hospitality Group

Simon Hospitality Group was formed in May 2013 by Celebrity Chef Kerry Simon and restaurateur Cory Harwell. The newly-formed restaurant group owns and operates Simon Mansion in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Chuck’s: A Kerry Simon Kitchen, in Chicago; and Carson Kitchen in Downtown Las Vegas. The group also manages Chef Simon’s previously established restaurants including KGB: Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers at Harrah’s Las Vegas and Simon at Palms Casino Resort. Chef Simon, dubbed the ‘Rock n’ Roll Chef’ by Rolling Stone Magazine, has starred on “Iron Chef America” and “Hell’s Kitchen” and has developed award-winning restaurants around the country in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlantic City. Harwell, a restaurateur, has opened more than three dozen restaurants in his career and brings 20 years of restaurant management experience to Simon Hospitality Group. For more information about Simon Hospitality Group, visit www.SimonHospitalityGroup.com.

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