Hard Rock Cafe at Hard Rock Hotel to Close

The Hard Rock Cafe adjacent to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will close at the end of 2016.

The restaurant, located on Paradise Road, opened in 1990. A quarter century is a great run in Las Vegas!

Hard Rock Cafe closes

For the Hard Rock Cafe on Paradise Road, things have been a little rocky.

Those with a hankering for some Hard Rock Cafe action next year can still visit Hard Rock Cafe on The Strip. Having two Hard Rock Cafe locations has always been a little confusing, so looking on the bright side, this helps clarify things.

Hard Rock Cafe

The Strip’s Hard Rock Cafe appears to be going strong.

No reason was given for closing the Hard Rock Cafe, but restaurants don’t close in Las Vegas when they’re thriving.

Among the Hard Rock Cafe’s more memorable promotional efforts was the “Rouge & Booze: A Drag Brunch,” hosted by a Las Vegas drag queen named Kitty Litter.

In 2015, Hard Rock Cafe played host to a world record attempt for “Largest Drag Stage Show.”

Drag show world record

It was unclear if the world record was broken, but nobody seemed to care. Hint: Bottomless mimosas.

Hard Rock Cafe is the second “cafe” with iconic signage to close in recent months. The Strip’s Harley-Davidson Cafe, with its massive motorcycle, shuttered on Oct. 31, 2016.

Here’s the skinny on the relationship between the Hard Rock Cafe and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Since 2007, the Hard Rock global brand has been owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. All the Hard Rock Cafes and most of the Hard Rock hotels in the world are operated by the tribe. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, though, is owned by Brookfield Asset Management through a licensing agreement and managed by Warner Hospitality.

Brookfield bought the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas back in 2011. Brookfield also owns the land upon which the Hard Rock Cafe sits.

Dibs on the giant guitar, obviously.

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  • Bouldersteve

    Theme restaurants have a limited life span. The Hard Rock Cafes until now have seemed to defied that rule..been around a long time. Maybe this is the being of the end. I have been to several in different cites and business is not what it used to be.I think that one on Paradise may have been the first one to open.

  • Hard rock said they are closing the paradise location to concentrate on the much nicer strip location.
    Parking is not free for the strip location and if there is an event going on at T-Bag Mobile then the parking lot for HRCafe goes from $3 to $10 or more with no validation of the fee.
    You heard it hear first!

    • Kerr

      Ouch!