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Tipsy McStagger

Hard Rock Cafe To Be Opened In Glasgow?

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/new...-open-in-glasgow-122576n.20926557

The company behind the internationally successful chain has applied to the city council for permission to use the A-listed former Athenaeum Theatre as a licensed restaurant.

It sits next to the Forever 21 clothing store, which is part of the newly opened shopping complex at the top of Buchanan Street.

Hard Rock Cafe (UK) Ltd also wants to carry out internal and external alterations to the former theatre and to install display signs.

Famed for its high-profile celebrity fans and music events, there are 175 cafes in 53 countries but so far Edinburgh is the only city in Scotland that has a Hard Rock Cafe.

The first cafe opened in London in the 1970s and Eric Clapton was one of its first high-profile visitors.

He donated his red Fender guitar and asked for it to be hung on the wall above his favourite seat.

Pete Townshend, of The Who, followed his lead and the Hard Rock Cafe has since gone on to amass one of the largest collections of rock and roll memorabilia in the world.

It includes autographed guitars, costumes from world tours and rare photographs.

Scott Taylor, chief executive of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: "Glasgow enjoys a reputation as one of the best and most eclectic dining cities in Europe, delivering an exceptional culinary standard and wealth of choice.

"It is fantastic news that the Hard Rock Cafe has applied to open a restaurant in the heart of Glasgow, offering even further choice for Glaswegians and visitors.

"The city is home to a legendary music scene and some of the best venues in the UK, from King Tut's to the O2 Academy, to the soon-to-open Hydro Arena.

"The iconic rock restaurant will fit in perfectly."

The Athenaeum Theatre was opened in 1893 to "provide a source of mental cultivation, moral improvement and delightful recreation to all classes".

Its school of music developed into the Scottish National Academy Of Music in 1929, later becoming the Royal Scottish Academy Of Music & Drama.

During the 1940s the theatre provided the initial home for the Citizens Theatre. The Scottish Youth Theatre used the Athenaeum from 1989 until 1998, when the building was sold.

It was sold again in 2005, to a property developer, and has been subject of several planning applications for conversion to retail use.

It is largely disused, but has had partial temporary use as shops.
Marti

Very welcome news...Although i can't think why our city does not have one of these...so hopefully it happens.
Been in San Fran's one, well impressed, some serious memorabilia and the food was great.
A welcome addition to glasgow.
dickyhart

Look forward to this. I think the Athenaeum is a good venue for it. That place holds a lot of memories for me personally as well.  

Look forward to seeing loads of Sydney Divine memorabilia hanging for the walls.
cybers

Haw sir you read my page you most likely know of my aversion to the artist Formerly Known As MINCE...
Kevin_Mc

I read on their website that this will be opening in 2013, then when we were in the Edinburgh restaurant yesterday we were told it will be opening in Glasgow in October.

Good news, as we drove through to Edinburgh with the sole purpose of having a burger. I hope it does well - it's in a good location.
Tipsy McStagger

Yep. looks like it will be opening in November, great news! :)

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/new...enue-and-80-jobs-133487n.21877611

As revealed by the Evening Times earlier this year, the company had plans to move into the city, and has now confirmed its intention to transform the A-listed former Athenaeum Theatre in Buchanan Street into a licensed restaurant.

The 9000sq ft space will be able to seat 170 people and is expected to open by November.

The company says the venture will will be ­recruiting in the city in the coming months.

It will also feature a live music area for weekly events, a late night bar and a 'rock shop'.

The company say the cafe will also be available for private celebrations and memorable event functions to accommodate Glasgow's growing conference market.

Dave Pellow, European Vice President of Operations for Hard Rock. made the announcement at the opening of an exhibition of the company's trademark memorabilia at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall.

He was flanked by Hard Rock Cafe's cultural ambassador Rita Gilligan, the company's first employee and its longest serving waitress. She has worked with the firm across the globe for more than 40 years.

Mr Pellow said they had been looking at moving into Glasgow for some time.

"Glasgow is an inspiring city and with the Commonwealth Games coming next year the vibe is going to fantastic.

"It's a city we've looked at for quite a while and it was important to us that Buchanan Street be a location for us."

And he said the new restaurant will feature a host of Hard Rock memorabilia, adding: "I wouldn't be surprised to see Scots like KT Tunstall and Angus Young from AC/DC featured, as well as other global stars."

Other bits of rock and roll history expected to go on display in the Glasgow venue are a green two-piece suit worn by The Who's Pete Townsend in the 1975 hit film Tommy, an artist's paint palette used by Scottish-born fifth Beatle Stuart Sutcliffe when he was at Liverpool College of Art and a sports tie worn by guitarist Eric Clapton.

There are 175 Hard Rock Cafes in 53 countries, but so far Edinburgh is the only city in Scotland that has a Hard Rock.

The announcement of the new Glasgow venture came as an exhibition of some of the Hard Rock's priceless memorabilia went on display at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall until August 25 and entry is free.

It will give fans an look at pieces like Michael Jackson's 'Beat It' red leather jacket, Madonna's iconic gold corset created by Jean Paul Gaultier, Lady Gaga's Oscar Lima black dress and a spandex catsuit worn by Freddie Mercury on Queen's 1978 Jazz tour.

Items from The Killers, Elvis, The Who, KISS, and Katy Perry, are also on display.

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You don't have anything to do with this do you ?      

cybers

What gave that away  
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Hard rock, Glasgow. by john.mcknight, on Flickr


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cybers

I heard one old guy moaning about its new use and interior. How this younger generation had no idea of value or worth blah blah blah moan moan moan....Another theatre bastardised moan moan moan even his wife was getting exasperated, I had to lean in and ask would you rather that was there then turn and point at the galleries and ask or that thing there you wandered out of.

I also gave him the URL of this site told him to stop by and see younger guys who place importance on even the smaller things like facade retention of listed buildings.
Gina

dickyhart wrote:
Look forward to this. I think the Athenaeum is a good venue for it. That place holds a lot of memories for me personally as well.  

Look forward to seeing loads of Sydney Divine memorabilia hanging for the walls.


I think Sydney Devine hanging from the walls would be more entertaining
cybers

Gina wrote:
dickyhart wrote:
Look forward to this. I think the Athenaeum is a good venue for it. That place holds a lot of memories for me personally as well.  

Look forward to seeing loads of Sydney Divine memorabilia hanging for the walls.


I think Sydney Devine hanging from the walls would be more entertaining


Meoww    though I do agree    

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