Sunday, August 7, 2011

History of the Legendary Hard Rock Café.

 As most of us know, Hard Rock Cafe is a chain of theme restaurants & also one of the places which inspired us to start CafeIdly,  but of course with South Indian food.

The first Hard Rock Cafe (HRC) opened its doors to the public on June 14, 1971, in London, England. It was founded by Peter Morton and Isaac Tigrett. Hard Rock initially had an eclectic decor but it later started to display memorabilia.. The chain began to expand worldwide in 1982 with locations in (among others) Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Paris, Berlin and in our very own Bangalore / ru.

In 2006, Hard Rock was sold to the Seminole tribe of Florida, and is headquartered in Orlando, Florida. The largest Hard Rock is in Orlando. Currently, there are 150 Hard Rock locations in 53 countries.

One of the most important aspects about HRC, is its collection of rock and roll memorabilia. The collection began in 1979 with the gift of an un-signed guitar (a Red Fender Lead II) from Eric Clapton, who was a regular at the first restaurant in London. This prompted Pete Townshend of The Who to give one of his guitars, also un-signed with the note "Mine's as good as his! Love, Pete." Hard Rock's archive includes over 70,000 items and it opened a Hard Rock museum named "The Vault" in Orlando, Florida in January 2003 but subsequently closed it in September 2004. The London Vault remains open, located near the original café , a must visit for all die hard rock fans.     Long Live HRC.

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