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Encyclopedia > Hard Rock Cafe
Hard Rock Cafe
Type Private
Founded June 14, 1971 in London, England (UK)
Headquarters Orlando, Florida, USA
Key people Isaac Tigrett and Peter Morton, Founders
Florida Seminole tribe, owners
Industry casual dining restaurant
Website www.hardrock.com

Hard Rock Cafe is a chain of casual dining restaurants. It was founded in 1971 by Isaac Tigrett and Peter Morton, and their first Hard Rock Cafe opened near Hyde Park Corner in London, in a former Rolls Royce car dealerships showroom close to Hyde Park, where in 1979 they began to cover the walls with rock 'n' roll ephemera. Image File history File links Hardrockcafe. ... A private company is a company that is independently owned. ... is the 165th day of the year (166th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... London — containing the City of London — is the capital of the United Kingdom and of England and a major world city. With over seven million inhabitants (Londoners) in Greater London area, it is amongst the most densely populated areas in Western Europe. ... Nickname: Location in Orange County and the state of Florida Coordinates: , Country State Counties Orange Government  - Mayor Buddy Dyer (D) Area  - City 101 sq mi (261. ... Isaac Tigrett (born 1947) is a native of Jackson, Tennessee. ... Peter Morton (born Chicago in 1946) was the co-founder with Isaac Tigrett of the Hard Rock Café. His father is Arnie Morton, founder of Mortons, and his son is Harry Morton, founder of Pink Taco restaurants. ... For other uses, see Seminole (disambiguation). ... A casual dining restaurant is a restaurant that serves moderately-priced food in a casual atmosphere. ... For other uses, see Restaurant (disambiguation). ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... A casual dining restaurant is a restaurant that serves moderately-priced food in a casual atmosphere. ... For other uses, see Restaurant (disambiguation). ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... Isaac Tigrett (born 1947) is a native of Jackson, Tennessee. ... Peter Morton (born Chicago in 1946) was the co-founder with Isaac Tigrett of the Hard Rock Café. His father is Arnie Morton, founder of Mortons, and his son is Harry Morton, founder of Pink Taco restaurants. ... Hyde Park Corner is a place in London, England, at the south-east corner of Hyde Park. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... “Hyde Park” redirects here. ... Look up Ephemera in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


There are more than 143 Hard Rock Cafes in over 36 countries at current date, with several more in the works. Hard Rock was most popular in the 1980s when some people engaged in the hobby of visiting as many locations as possible and collecting a Hard Rock t-shirt bearing the Cafe logo and the location name. The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ...

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History

The cafe was reportedly named after side one of The Doors' 1970 album, Morrison Hotel, which was in turn named after a now closed bar in down town Los Angeles depicted on the back cover of Morrison Hotel. The Hard Rock Cafe's motto Love All, Serve All was adopted from Tigrett's guru Sathya Sai Baba. This page is about the rock band. ... For the former building in Chicago, see Morrison Hotel (Chicago). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... Sathya Sai Baba (born Sathyanarayana Raju on 23 November 1926,[1][2] — with the family name of Ratnakara) is a guru from southern India, religious leader, orator and philosopher often described as a godman[3][4] and a miracle worker. ...


Restaurants

A second location, originally developed by an unaffiliated group and later purchased by Hard Rock International, opened in downtown Toronto in 1978.[1]. Toronto is now home to 2 cafes - which includes the one at the Rogers Centre, overlooking the stadium field. The chain began global expansion in 1982 when the two agreed to develop their own cafes across the world. Morton (Hard Rock America) opened Hard Rocks in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Houston while Tigrett (Hard Rock International) did so in New York City, Dallas, and Paris. However, the first Hard Rock Cafe in the United States was a short-lived location in Tigrett's home town of Jackson, Tennessee. It was a small restaurant located in the Old Hickory Mall and functioned like any other Hard Rock Cafe with rock and roll memorabilia on the walls and Hard Rock Cafe t-shirts with the city of Jackson listed on the front. Template:Hide = Motto: Template:Unhide = Diversity Our Strength Image:Toronto, Ontario Location. ... Rogers Centre, formerly known as SkyDome,[1] is a multi-purpose stadium in Toronto, Ontario, situated next to the CN Tower near the shores of Lake Ontario. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... San Francisco redirects here. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... Houston redirects here. ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the state of New York and the entire United States. ... Dallas redirects here. ... This article is about the capital of France. ...


Eventually Tigrett sold his interest to Robert Earl and Mecca Leisure, but Morton opened several more units including Las Vegas, Nevada; San Diego, La Jolla, and Newport Beach, California; Sydney and Melbourne, Australia; Honolulu and Maui, Hawaii; and Israel (later closed) among many others. Vegas redirects here. ... “San Diego” redirects here. ... Wipeout Beach View from Windansea Beach La Jolla (pronunciation IPA: , i. ... Location of Newport Beach within Orange County, California. ... This article is about the metropolitan area in Australia. ... This article is about the Australian city; the name may also refer to City of Melbourne or Melbourne city centre. ... For the city and county of Honolulu, see City & County of Honolulu. ... For other uses, see Maui (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) English, Hawaiian Capital Honolulu Largest city Honolulu Area  Ranked 43rd  - Total 10,931 sq mi (29,311 km²)  - Width n/a miles (n/a km)  - Length 1,522 miles (2,450 km)  - % water 41. ...


In 1990, The Rank Organisation (now The Rank Group) acquired Mecca Leisure and continued expanding the cafes, acquiring the cafes owned by Morton in 1995 at the same time as purchasing the Canadian units that were developed by an unaffiliated company. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Rank Group plc was established on December 22, 1995 as a public limited company in England and Wales and in October 1996 it became a holding company owning all the outstanding shares of the Rank Organisation. ...


The world biggest Cafe of the Hard Rock Cafe business is located in Orlando, Florida, located inside Universal Studios Theme Park. The Cafe is highly decorated with famous musicians instruments such as guitars donated by the likes of Johnny Cash, Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Derick Wibley (Sum 41) and many more, theres even a room decorated with famous Elvis memorbilia. Nickname: Location in Orange County and the state of Florida Coordinates: , Country State Counties Orange Government  - Mayor Buddy Dyer (D) Area  - City 101 sq mi (261. ... The current official logo for Universal Studios Theme Parks Universal Studios Uniglobe // Universal Hollywood Tour From the beginning, Universal has offered tours of its studio. ... For the song of the same name, recorded by Tracy Byrd and later by Jason Aldean, see Johnny Cash (song). ... Anthony Joseph Joe Perry (Born September 10, 1950 in Lawrence, Massachusetts), is the lead guitarist and a contributing songwriter for the rock band Aerosmith. ... This article is about the band Aerosmith. ... Sum 41 is a Canadian rock band from Ajax, Ontario. ... Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), also known as The King of Rock and Roll, or as just simply The King, was an American singer who had an immeasurable effect on world culture. ...

HardRock Cafe Orlando Florida

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Expansion into other businesses

Casinos and hotels

The Big Guitar

In 1976, Peter Morton opened the first Hard Rock Hotel & Casino off the Las Vegas strip and it was an overnight sensation. Under Peter Morton’s bed, the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas was so successful that a subsequent 1999 expansion was added that nearly doubled the hotel's capacity. Morton spent $80 million to build the hotel, which opened in early 1995, and $100 million to expand it in 1999. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 472 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1381 × 1752 pixel, file size: 877 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Picture of the big guitar at Hard Rock Las Vegas I, the copyright holder of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 472 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1381 × 1752 pixel, file size: 877 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Picture of the big guitar at Hard Rock Las Vegas I, the copyright holder of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ...


In May 2006, Morton sold the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel to New York based Morgans Hotel Group for $770 million including the rights to the Hard Rock Hotel brand west of the Mississippi River, including Texas, California, Australia and Vancouver, British Columbia. Edward Scheetz, a Morgans’ executive, described the 11-story, 650-room Hard Rock Hotel as a "trophy property" that will never be replicated in Las Vegas because of land values. The Hard Rock pool alone, named one of the top 10 hotel pools by Travel Channel, occupies land valued at $50 million.


On September 1, 2007, the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas announced the sponsorship of the 2004 Indianapolis 500 champion, Buddy Rice, teammate to the Most Popular Driver in the history of the IndyCar Series, Sarah Fisher, for the final two races of the 2007 IndyCar Series Season. HRH graced the sidepods of Rice's No. 15 Honda powered Dallara in the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix where he led the race for seven laps and looked to claim second place until he ran out of fuel knocking IndyCar Series points contenders, Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti, husband of actress Ashley Judd, out of the race; Rice would finish seventh. Results of the 2004 Indianapolis 500 held at Indianapolis on Sunday, May 30, 2004. ... Buddy Rice (born January 31, 1976 in Phoenix, Arizona) is an auto racing driver best known for winning the 2004 Indianapolis 500 as part of Rahal Letterman Racing. ... Sarah Marie Fisher (born October 4, 1980 (age 26)) is an American auto racing driver competing in the Indy Racing League (IRL) IndyCar Series for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing originally from Commercial Point, Ohio. ... The IndyCar Series is the premier series of the Indy Racing League. ... Scott Ronald Dixon (born July 22, 1980) is a New Zealand motor racing driver who won the Indy Racing League (IRL) championship in 2003 at his first attempt. ... Dario Franchitti (b. ... Ashley Judd (born Ashley Tyler Ciminella on April 19, 1968) is an American actress. ...


In addition to Hard Rock’s Las Vegas operation, Hard Rock International has also opened successful casinos in Manchester and London, England; Tampa and Hollywood, Florida; and Biloxi, Mississippi. The Seminole Indian Tribe of Florida operates the Florida units. Hard Rock also has a very profitable operation online. Additionally, Hard Rock International and Sol Melia Hotels and Resorts, the largest resort hotel company in the world today, launched a joint-venture company (November 2004), Lifestar Hoteles Espana S.L., to manage Europe's first Hard Rock Hotel in Madrid, which was to be the fourth Hard Rock Hotel part of the joint venture since its formation in 2003; however, due to disorganization on the part of Hard Rock's Spanish partners, the Madrid hotel project has been shelved. The other joint venture hotels are in Chicago, New York, and San Diego (the San Diego property includes Hard Rock condominiums). Hard Rock also operates hotels and resorts in Orlando, Florida (a joint venture with Loews Hotels); Bali, Indonesia; and Pattaya, Thailand (joint ventures with Ong Beng Seng/Hotel Properties Limited). Hard Rock International (Rank Organisation) continues to expand the Hard Rock Hotel brand internationally (hotels, casinos, resorts, and now condominiums) through several of the afore mentioned joint ventures (Sol Melia, Ong Beng Seng/Hotel Properties Limited, Loews Hotels, and the Seminole Indian Nation) including: For other uses, see Seminole (disambiguation). ...

  • Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Florida
  • Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa
  • Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Biloxi
  • Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
  • Hard Rock Casino, London
  • Hard Rock Casino, Manchester, Manchester
  • Hard Rock Hotel & Resort Bali, Bali - Indonesia

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Hard Rock Park - Theme Park

Hard Rock Café International announced in March 2006 the $400 million 150 acre Hard Rock Park that opens in the spring of 2008 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The park, billed as a totally immersive full-day attraction, appealing to visitors of all generations, is expected to draw an estimated 30,000 visitors per day and create more than 3,000 jobs, and is also the largest single investment in South Carolina history. The park will feature a large concert arena, which will feature headline entertainment, similar acts to those seen on the Hard Rock Live series filmed at the Hard Rock Café at Universal City Walk in Orlando, Florida. The groundbreaking park will feature six unique, custom-designed zones and will include more than 40 attractions, a multi-purpose live music amphitheater, shows and state-of-the-art sound systems - uniquely developed for the project, roller coasters, children's play areas, restaurants, cafes and retail stores.[2] Hard Rock Park will be a 140-acre rock n roll theme park located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. ... Myrtle Beach is a city and in Horry County, South Carolina, United States. ...


Seminole Tribe of Florida takeover

On December 7, 2006, Rank sold the Hard Rock business to the Seminole Tribe of Florida for US$965 million. Included in the deal are 124 Hard Rock Cafes, four Hard Rock Hotels, two Hard Rock Casino Hotels, two Hard Rock Live! concert venues, and stakes in three unbranded hotels. Rank is keeping the Hard Rock Casino in London, but will be changing its name. The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas is also not part of the deal, as it was sold by Peter Morton to Morgans Hotel Group in May 2006.[3] The final takeover was mired in controversy, as another of the chain's suitors, Power Plant Entertainment, charged that Merrill Lynch sabotaged its acquisition efforts. On January 8, 2007, Rank Group shareholders approved the Seminoles' US$965 million offer. The Tribe expects to have finalized the deal by March 5, 2007.[4] The Hollywood Casino/Hotel location gained some notoriety on February 8, 2007 when Anna Nicole Smith died there. For other uses, see Seminole (disambiguation). ... Merrill Lynch & Co. ... is the 39th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... For other persons of the same name, see Anna Smith. ...


Music memorabilia

Hard Rock is better known for its atmosphere than its food. The cafes not only solicit donations of music memorabilia, but also purchase a number of items at auctions around the world. Hard Rock has the world's largest collection of such items. Memorabilia like autographed guitars, outfits from world tours and rare photographs are oft to be found mounted on cafe walls. 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. Pete Townshend of The Who got wind of this and sent in one of his guitars, also un-signed. Attached was a note: "Mine's as good as his! Love, Pete." Hard Rock has so much material in its archive, over 70,000 items, that it opened a Hard Rock museum named "The Vault" in Orlando, Florida. It is still open today. The London Vault remains open, located near the original cafe. In 2005, legendar hard rock band Deep Purple launched their new album Rapture of the Deep in Hard Rock Cafe London. This show was released as DVD [5] It has been suggested that Fender Amplifier History be merged into this article or section. ... Eric Patrick Clapton CBE (born 30 March 1945), nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award winning English guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. ... Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend (born May 19, 1945 in Chiswick, London), is an award-winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, and composer. ... The Who are an English rock band that first formed in 1964, and grew to be considered one of the greatest[1] and most influential[2] bands in the world. ... Nickname: Location in Orange County and the state of Florida Coordinates: , Country State Counties Orange Government  - Mayor Buddy Dyer (D) Area  - City 101 sq mi (261. ... Hard Rock redirects here. ... This article is about the rock band. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ...


Memorabilia is displayed on location for seven years before it is returned to Hard Rock headquarters in Orlando for archival storage. On occasion, Hard Rock has given an item back to its original owner, such as when Peter Frampton asked for his displayed guitar back [6]. Peter Kenneth Frampton (born April 22, 1950 in Beckenham, Kent) is an English musician, best known today for his solo work in the mid-1970s and as one of the original members of the band Humble Pie. ...


Merchandise

Part of the Hard Rock Cafe's success is the inclusion of its own brand merchandise. The classic Hard Rock t-shirt was created when the original cafe sponsored a local football (soccer) team. The shirts became a popular item and lead to the creation of the line of merchandise that is an integral part of Hard Rock's business today. Besides the classic tee, there are many different styles of shirts, hats, jackets, glassware, shot glasses, and pins to name a few. Many of these items considered to be collectibles with many being cafe, hotel, or casino specific. These items can generally only be purchased on site, with few items being available from Hard Rock's website. A player (wearing the red kit) has penetrated the defence (in the white kit) and is taking a shot at goal. ...


Hard Rock even has a pin club for those who collect pins, with members holding meetings to buy, sell, and trade pins.


Gallery

See also

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References

  1. ^ http://www.hardrock.com/corporate/press/content.aspx?id=28
  2. ^ Hard Rock Park press release
  3. ^ FoxNews article on Hard Rock sale to Seminoles
  4. ^ Seminole Tribe of Florida rocks out
  5. ^ http://www.thehighwaystar.com/news/2007/05/17/montreux2006-dvd-details/
  6. ^ Dec 2006 profile article on Hard Rock archivist Don Bernstine
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  • Official site

 
 

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