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By Lorraine Mirabella | August 29, 1999
THEME-RESTAURANT chain Planet Hollywood International Inc. announced that it would file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection while restructuring its operations.The company's two largest shareholders and a trust for the children of the company's chief executive officer are investing $30 million in the chain.The company, which operates about 80 movie-themed Planet Hollywood restaurants and 20 other restaurants under names such as Official All Star Cafe, is likely to close a few Planet Hollywood restaurants outside major cities and might shed some of its other restaurants or turn them into joint ventures, according to Chief Executive Officer Robert Earl.
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By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | October 7, 2003
The owners of McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant will open their second restaurant in Baltimore Sunday, filling prime real estate in Harborplace that has sat vacant for more than two years. The restaurant, to be called M&S Grill, will anchor the Pratt Street Pavilion in one floor of the space previously occupied by the movie-themed restaurant Planet Hollywood. "Our grill concept is made to order for Baltimore," said Doug Schmick, president of the Portland, Ore.-based restaurant chain.
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By Peter Jensen and Peter Jensen,SUN STAFF | November 18, 1999
You remember Planet Hollywood, don't you?The restaurant chain? Bruce Willis is a part-owner? The movie memorabilia-laden eatery that came to Baltimore 16 months ago after opening in the 30 or so cities the owners ranked as higher priorities?Is any of this sinking in?The last thing a media-savvy "concept" restaurant needs is to lose the limelight, but that appears to have happened to Planet Hollywood since the Florida-based company filed Chapter 11 last month and closed 10 of its 32 restaurants (Baltimore's not included)
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,SUN STAFF | March 25, 2003
The operators of McCormick & Schmick's seafood restaurant plan to open a new restaurant featuring steaks, fish and "comfort food" this fall in the vacant Planet Hollywood space at the Inner Harbor, the company said yesterday. McCormick & Schmick Restaurant Group will open the first M&S Grill in Maryland in Harborplace's Pratt Street Pavilion in early September, said Doug Schmick, president of the Portland, Ore.-based restaurant chain. M&S Grill will move into nearly 7,000 square feet on the pavilion's first level, taking about half the space formerly occupied by Planet Hollywood.
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By Meredith Cohn and Meredith Cohn,SUN STAFF | October 26, 2002
A Virginia steakhouse company has abandoned efforts to take over the large, highly visible dining room left behind by Planet Hollywood in Harborplace, the company said yesterday. Sam & Harry's, a small, upscale restaurant chain, said in May that it was negotiating for the space that is located at the west end of Pratt Street Pavilion and has been empty since last year. Planet Hollywood closed after 39 months there. The pavilion is one of three shopping and tourist destinations on the water run by the Rouse Co. Michael Sternberg, Sam & Harry's co-founder and chief executive, confirmed that a more-casual restaurant, Harry's, would not move into the two-story, 13,000-square-foot spot, but he did not close the door on Baltimore.
BUSINESS
By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | September 20, 2001
Baltimore's Planet Hollywood, which opened in 1998 to crowds wrapped around the Pratt Street pavilion, has closed quietly 39 months later. "Baltimore has a seasonality to it that was very difficult for us," Amy Sadowsky, a spokeswoman for Orlando, Fla.-based Planet Hollywood International Inc., said yesterday. "It was very busy in the summer and not busy the rest of the year. It was performing below our expectations, and coupled with the seasonality, it was a lot to overcome." Planet Hollywood, the themed restaurant chain that features Hollywood memorabilia, artifacts and movie clips, has shrunk from a chain of 80 stores worldwide in 1999 to 50. Many of its restaurants have struggled with declining sales amid complaints of mediocre food and noisy dining rooms - despite backing from such celebrities as Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone.
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC | August 9, 1998
When I heard Planet Hollywood was opening here in Baltimore, I imagined it would be something like the Hard Rock Cafe: a dark, incredibly crowded bar-restaurant with deafeningly loud music, featuring movie memorabilia instead of rock memorabilia.Was I wrong.Instead, it's like stepping into Oz. And being surrounded by half the Munchkins in Baltimore.Am I the only person over 12 in this restaurant? No, there are parents. But for every parent there are two preteens and one toddler in a stroller.
BUSINESS
By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | October 7, 2003
The owners of McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant will open their second restaurant in Baltimore Sunday, filling prime real estate in Harborplace that has sat vacant for more than two years. The restaurant, to be called M&S Grill, will anchor the Pratt Street Pavilion in one floor of the space previously occupied by the movie-themed restaurant Planet Hollywood. "Our grill concept is made to order for Baltimore," said Doug Schmick, president of the Portland, Ore.-based restaurant chain.
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,SUN STAFF | July 25, 1998
Tomorrow, stubble-king Bruce Willis will blow hard on his harmonica at the gala opening of the Inner Harbor's new Planet Hollywood, as if he didn't have a care, or a wife, in the world.But while he's promoting this thriving waterfront business in Baltimore, he's trying to unload a less promising slice of waterfront up the road a piece in Penns Grove, N.J., next to his hometown, leaving a crestfallen community in his wake.Baltimore's is a modest Planet Hollywood, not exactly like the ones in Cannes or Dubai or New York City.
NEWS
By Dan Berger | July 29, 1998
Win Powerball and retire the national debt. Or blow it all at Atlantic City. Whichever.First Hooters. Then Hard Rock. Now Planet Hollywood. Next Bubba Gump. Is there no end to this relentless glamour and excitement?How mundane that Monica is talking. She had more allure as a woman of mystery.Soon there will be just one big telephone company, which they might as well call AT&T.Pub Date: 7/29/98
BUSINESS
By Meredith Cohn and Meredith Cohn,SUN STAFF | October 26, 2002
A Virginia steakhouse company has abandoned efforts to take over the large, highly visible dining room left behind by Planet Hollywood in Harborplace, the company said yesterday. Sam & Harry's, a small, upscale restaurant chain, said in May that it was negotiating for the space that is located at the west end of Pratt Street Pavilion and has been empty since last year. Planet Hollywood closed after 39 months there. The pavilion is one of three shopping and tourist destinations on the water run by the Rouse Co. Michael Sternberg, Sam & Harry's co-founder and chief executive, confirmed that a more-casual restaurant, Harry's, would not move into the two-story, 13,000-square-foot spot, but he did not close the door on Baltimore.
BUSINESS
By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | September 20, 2001
Baltimore's Planet Hollywood, which opened in 1998 to crowds wrapped around the Pratt Street pavilion, has closed quietly 39 months later. "Baltimore has a seasonality to it that was very difficult for us," Amy Sadowsky, a spokeswoman for Orlando, Fla.-based Planet Hollywood International Inc., said yesterday. "It was very busy in the summer and not busy the rest of the year. It was performing below our expectations, and coupled with the seasonality, it was a lot to overcome." Planet Hollywood, the themed restaurant chain that features Hollywood memorabilia, artifacts and movie clips, has shrunk from a chain of 80 stores worldwide in 1999 to 50. Many of its restaurants have struggled with declining sales amid complaints of mediocre food and noisy dining rooms - despite backing from such celebrities as Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone.
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By Tamara Ikenberg and Tamara Ikenberg,SUN STAFF | November 22, 1999
Melanie Griffith, stick thin, all in black, a dazzling diamond crucifix against her throat, is right here in front of Planet Hollywood at the Inner Harbor.You'd think this would be the ultimate glam fix for the nearly 400 stargazers clustered by the stage and gawking from store windows and staircases.So, why is a mouthy band of fans asking for her hot Latin husband, Antonio Banderas?"You want Antonio?" the movie star asks in her baby bird voice. Yes, it is her real voice."I want Antonio too, believe me," she says with a smile almost as bright as the mango-sized diamonds in her ears.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Peter Jensen and Peter Jensen,SUN STAFF | November 18, 1999
You remember Planet Hollywood, don't you?The restaurant chain? Bruce Willis is a part-owner? The movie memorabilia-laden eatery that came to Baltimore 16 months ago after opening in the 30 or so cities the owners ranked as higher priorities?Is any of this sinking in?The last thing a media-savvy "concept" restaurant needs is to lose the limelight, but that appears to have happened to Planet Hollywood since the Florida-based company filed Chapter 11 last month and closed 10 of its 32 restaurants (Baltimore's not included)
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella | August 29, 1999
THEME-RESTAURANT chain Planet Hollywood International Inc. announced that it would file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection while restructuring its operations.The company's two largest shareholders and a trust for the children of the company's chief executive officer are investing $30 million in the chain.The company, which operates about 80 movie-themed Planet Hollywood restaurants and 20 other restaurants under names such as Official All Star Cafe, is likely to close a few Planet Hollywood restaurants outside major cities and might shed some of its other restaurants or turn them into joint ventures, according to Chief Executive Officer Robert Earl.
NEWS
By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF | April 15, 1999
Boston has the Freedom Trail to walk tourists through its historic sites. Williamsburg has rebuilt a Colonial-era village to teach visitors about Virginia's heritage. Starting April 29, Baltimore will try to lure a million history buffs a year to town by launching a marketing campaign touting the National Historic Seaport of Baltimore. The Living Classrooms Foundation, a nonprofit educational organization based in the city, will coordinate water-taxi links to 15 historic sites ringing Baltimore harbor and offer tourists a $15.75 pass to see all of them.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,SUN STAFF | January 15, 1999
Planet Hollywood International Inc. is looking to its movie-themed restaurant in Baltimore as it launches a makeover of the troubled chain, the Orlando, Fla.-based company said yesterday.Hoping to boost sales and profitability at a time of waning popularity of theme restaurants, the company said it will overhaul its menu, restaurant design and merchandise by April. Becoming profitable by 2000 will also entail cutting costs, in part, by franchising some restaurants outside the United States and possibly selling others, the chain said.
FEATURES
By Jacques Kelly | July 25, 1998
A SMILE CROSSED my face when the debate erupted over building a Bubba Gump's shrimp restaurant between the National Aquarium and the Power Plant. There were denunciations, moral outrage and aesthetic breast-beating.I wouldn't want to smell shrimp being steamed on a humid July afternoon as I waited in line at the aquarium, but I can't see how one more restaurant could undermine the harbor.I chuckle at Baltimoreans' resistance to change. Remember, there was a referendum on whether to build Harborplace.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,SUN STAFF | January 15, 1999
Planet Hollywood International Inc. is looking to its movie-themed restaurant in Baltimore as it launches a makeover of the troubled chain, the Orlando, Fla.-based company said yesterday.Hoping to boost sales and profitability at a time of waning popularity of theme restaurants, the company said it will overhaul its menu, restaurant design and merchandise by April. Becoming profitable by 2000 will also entail cutting costs, in part, by franchising some restaurants outside the United States and possibly selling others, the chain said.
NEWS
By Gilbert A. Lewthwaite and Gilbert A. Lewthwaite,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | August 29, 1998
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- For two years, the Muslim community here has been shaken by a small violent Islamic faction, which uses the pipe bomb as its weapon of choice in a vigilante crusade against crime and its critics.When a bomb exploded Tuesday at the Planet Hollywood restaurant, the finger of suspicion almost inevitably and immediately pointed to the radicals.Unusually, much of the finger pointing came from the Muslims themselves, although there is no evidence to prove their suspicions.
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