TAMPA, Fla. (April 11, 2018) – John Urbanski has been named General Manager at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa’s award-winning steakhouse Council Oak Steaks & Seafood.
Urbanski has an extensive fine dining background, specifically, in the Tampa Bay area. He was part of the opening team for both the Capital Grille and Ocean Prime.
Most recently, Urbanski spent five years at Eddie V’s Prime Seafood in Tampa as the Assistant General Manager and Sommelier.
After growing up in Germany and Austria, Urbanski developed an admiration and knowledge for fine wines while attending college in San Luis Obispo, California.
“We are delighted to appoint John to our senior management team. In light of his new role, we continue to provide our guests with enhanced service in Council Oak Steaks & Seafood that will now be accented with John’s passion for wine, fine dining training and knowledge of service. He serves as a part of the greater strategy of continuously positioning and realigning our property as a culinary destination in Tampa Bay,” said Dawn Lazo, Vice President of Food & Beverage.
Urbanski will oversee 50 team members and will spearhead the restaurant’s wine program, craft cocktail list and collaboration dinners that will enhance the premier steakhouse and its offerings.
About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is the premier entertainment destination of Central Florida. Owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the property is one of the most successful and largest casinos in the world. Located off I-4 at North Orient Road and Hillsborough Avenue, about 10 minutes east of downtown Tampa, the casino features high stakes table games, thousands of the hottest slot machines as well as a new smoke free slots area offering more than 850 popular games. Additionally, there is a state-of-the-art Poker Room featuring 46 tables and an art deco-inspired Mezzanine Level Casino with more than 500 premium and high limit slots. The hotel is AAA Four Diamond rated and the property proudly offers seven award-winning Zagat-rated restaurants, including the upscale dining venues Council Oak Steaks & Seafood and The Rez Grill. The only place to rock one’s body and soul, Rock Spa® & Salon, is also available along with a plethora of VIP services. For more information, please call 866-502-PLAY or visit us online and via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
About Hard Rock International
With venues in 75 countries, including 181 cafes, 25 hotels and 11 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, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include St. Petersburg, Fortaleza, Casablanca and Chengdu. New Hard Rock hotel, casino or hotel-casino projects include Atlanta, Atlantic City, Berlin, Budapest, London, Los Cabos, Maldives, New York City, Ottawa, Dalian and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.