Dining Out, People of Joburg

Get to know the man behind Hard Rock Café Johannesburg

November 14, 2018, Author: Hello Joburg

We all need to make time for a burger once in a while, and if that burger happens to be legendary, served with a side of eclectic rock ‘n’ roll, then you’ll probably find yourself at Tyrone Harding’s iconic Hard Rock Café in Nelson Mandela Square.

Underneath a constellation of 7000 drumsticks, alongside Eric Burdon’s guitar, restaurateur Tyrone Harding started out as a server at Italian inspired Fratelli restaurant 25 years ago. His love affair with the business began with mastering the art of making pizza, before earning his stripes on the floor. What started out as an adventure with his friends, grew into his greatest passion, and today, together with his partners, is proud to own The Capello Group, Hard Rock Café and Nonna’s Italian Food Bar under their prestigious umbrella – Soft Coffee.


Celebrating its 18th birthday, Soft Coffee was birthed in Softline Technology Park and today is home to a league of legendary brands including Café Da Pino, the group’s signature coffee, supplying retailers and restaurants with 8 tons of coffee a month.

Together with his partners, Tyrone’s greatest reward has been building the reputation of his brands, including Hard Rock Café, with its rich history and heritage of rock. Having opened in one of the most iconic locations in Johannesburg in 2013, the night before Madiba took his last breath, the store broke the record for the most entrées ever sold in the history of Hard Rock Café’s opening day, as people poured in to pay their respects.


According to Tyrone, similarly to golf, owning a restaurant is one of the toughest pastimes with so many variables that change the game on any given day. With a palpable passion for people, service and hospitality, and something on the menu for everyone; Tyrone and his team live and breathe the motto of “love all, serve all,” and are proud patrons of the very best burger in the country.


Hello Joburg was first published in April 1980 as a monthly restaurant and entertainment magazine. Over the years we have developed a network of patriotic Joburgers that love nothing more than sharing their experiences in this beautiful city!

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