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London brochure form the 1980's

They have some great cheeseburgers and fries.  I like to collect the guitar magnets from each one. They range from $10.00 to $12.00 each. Atlanta, Georgia - San Juan, Puerto Rico - Miami, Florida - London, England - Orlando, Florida - Nashville, Tennessee - Gatlinburg, Tennessee - Cleveland, Ohio - Niagara Falls, New York - Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Key West, Florida - Chicago, Illinois - Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada - Toronto, Canada - Ocho Rios, Jamaica - Chicago Hard Rock Hotel.

The first Hard Rock Cafe (HRC) opened its doors to the public on June 14, 1971, in London, England. It was founded by Isaac Tigrett and Peter Morton. The HRC's initially had an eclectic decor but later began to collect and display the largest collection of rock and roll memorabilia.

London, England
Worldwide expansion began in 1982 with locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, New York, Dallas, Boston, Washington, D.C., Orlando, Paris and Berlin.

In 1990, The Rank Group, Plc., a London-based leisure company, acquired Mecca and continued expansion of the concept in their geographic territory. Rank then acquired Hard Rock America from Peter Morton, and Hard Rock Canada from Nick Bitove. With these acquisitions, Rank consolidated worldwide control of the brand. In March 2007, the Seminole Tribe of Florida acquired Hard Rock International, Inc. and other related entities from The Rank Group, Plc. for $965 million In recent times the business has come in for some criticism because of its practice of paying its waiting staff less than half the official minimum wage, with the business allocating tips to staff to bring their salaries within the law. Most customers, it was argued, do not realise that they are subsidizing an illegal wage when they give the tip.

On May 28, 2009, Hard Rock International announced plans to open a 20,000 square feet, 500 seat HRC on Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles featuring a live concert area and a limited edition retail shop. Hard Rock International closed its first location in the Los Angeles area located in the Beverly Center which had opened in 1982 during their worldwide expansion. An opening date has not been announced.

bugjuice says:
Great review!! Am also a collector of the guitar pins from HRC I think I have over 60 so far and growing.
Posted on: Oct 27, 2009
sarahsan says:
Interesting review! I used to be a great fan of HRC, but had no idea of the wage problem. Since my first visit to HRC in LA in 1985 I have collected 73 Guitar pins all from different places. DonĀ“t know what to do with them though!
Posted on: Sep 27, 2009
vulindlela says:
Good review!
I am trying to get to the Montreal location soon because it is closing forever on 9/27.
Posted on: Sep 13, 2009
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