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James Reynolds brings the heat to Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip

After just six months at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip, Reynolds was awarded GM of the year.

When you talk to James Reynolds, his pride and passion for delivering a unique experience is obvious. Having worked in the restaurant industry for most of his life, Reynolds landed a job at Hard Rock Cafe in Seattle three years ago, calling it one of the best places a person can be. Apparently, the feelings were mutual. Reynolds recently moved to Las Vegas to take over as general manager of the Hard Rock Cafe’s Strip location, one of the largest in the world. And after just six months, Reynolds was awarded by the company as GM of the year for 2015.

“We’ve been fortunate enough to have a team here that really bought into the experience we want to provide,” he says. “The music element is ever-present … that’s something we take a lot of pride in.”

For years, the Strip location of the iconic venue provided a stage for local musicians during a monthly event called Tuesday Blend, and the café continues to feature live music seven days a week. And that doesn’t even count the venue upstairs—the 1,200-capacity Hard Rock Live—which boasts a world-class sound system in an intimate space.

Whether you come for the food, the music or both, there’s a reason why this Hard Rock stands out. “We have a lot of fun, and it flows into what the guests see and experience,” Reynolds says. “Whether for dinner or a concert, It’s unlike anything you’re going to see anywhere else.”

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Leslie Ventura is a staff writer at Las Vegas Weekly and Industry Weekly. She’s picked the brains of rock stars ...

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