Hard Rock Cafe International Inc.

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Hard Rock Celebrates 40th Anniversary With Michael Jackson's Old Stuff

    ​FYI: The Hard Rock Cafe totally still exists. Believe it or not, we actually have one here in Dallas. And, on Saturday, the chain dedicated to rock 'n' roll history, iconic t-shirts and overpriced bar food is celebrating 40 years in the biz. According to the note we just got from the Hard Rock fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    The Dallas Mavericks vs. Miami Heat: Game-Watching Parties

    ​The Mavericks will face the Miami Heat tonight at Miami's American Airlines Arena in game 1 of the NBA Finals. While some Mavs fans will be there sporting their Dallas pride, those who didn't make the trek down to the Sunshine State will be able to catch the game at bars around town. Special game ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    For Your Monday Listening Pleasure: Robert Hunter Comes Alive at Poor David's in 1986

    David Card at Poor David's on Lower Greenville in a photo taken some time in the mid-1980s​I was digging through our old photo archives Friday afternoon -- I think I'm the only one left 'round here who knows we even have such a thing -- looking for a photo that, turns out, I remembered wrong. I th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    A Bueno Brunch At Buena Vista Cafe, Home of Irish Coffee

    Photos by Andrea Grimes and Man O' The HourThis is as clear as we could get our packed table for a shot of the Buena Vista Cafe's trademark Irish Coffee.​Generally speaking, I don't recommend visiting restaurants that have attached gift shops if you are over the age of 10. And really, if you're un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    Revolving Doors: Where There's Smoke...

    ​August is generally a slow restaurant month and this year was no exception. Aside from KRLD Restaurant Week madness, the surprise revelation about Lola, crowds piling into Marc Cassel's Park and the buzz about Smoke, it was one lackluster stretch.September should be even more interesting, what wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2009

    "He Can Hook You Up With a Nice Fur Coat."

    Patrick MichelsSooner than later, more photos from the Hard Rock Cafe official grand opening. Till then, cutline contest!​Last night the Old 97's officially welcomed Dallas's second attempt at a Hard Rock Cafe  to what I believe is called Victory Park. So too did a host of other dignitaries, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2009

    Picture Show: Old 97's Christen the New Hard Rock Cafe at Victory Park

    Patrick Michels​Check out more photos from the night in our slideshow.The weirdest moment at last night's Hard Rock Cafe grand opening party? Take your pick, but I'll say it was right at the end, when it turned out the winner of the night's big raffle was with the band.After a night full of ridicu ... More >>

  • News

    July 9, 2009
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    July 7, 2009

    A Look Inside Dallas' New Hard Rock Cafe, Even the Kitchen

    Patrick MichelsLike the black cowboy hat Elvis wore in Double Trouble, the kitchen is on full display for diners at the new Hard Rock. Dallas' latest incarnation of the Hard Rock Cafe...yawn...where were we...oh, it is getting set for a soft opening in the middle of next week at Victory Park's south ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    A Salute to Those About to Hard Rock, At the Far End of Victory Park

    Patrick MichelsThe decor recalls great moments in Texas music history. Also, that time Kelly Clarkson sang at a Cowboys game. The Hard Rock Cafe is finishing up its preparations for a soft opening next week, but invited press to take a look around their new digs today, at the south end of Victory Pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    From Jess and Kelly to Dimebag and Willie, the New Hard Rock Cafe Finds Wallspace for Plenty of Local Favorites

    Patrick MichelsA signed guitar from Tripping Daisy, to their friends at the Hard Rock Cafe. Dallas' new Hard Rock Cafe is a week away from its opening at Victory Park's southern end--forming, along with the nearby House of Blues and Hooters, a mecca in three parts for a particular sort of music fan. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    Victory Park's But a Mere Three Weeks Away From Getting Its Hard Rock (Cafe) On

    Once more, with feeling, the conceptual rendering of the Hard Rock Cafe Victory Park's bar, which, yeah, looks about rightPete reminded me late yesterday that I hadn't mentioned the press release we received earlier this week from the Hard Rock Cafe's New Jersey-based publicist concerning the joint' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2009

    Food For Thought 3.19.09

    "I think some of the retail down there was just a bad idea. I don't think those were the right concepts for there. How many people spend $100 on a steak before a basketball game?" (Charlie Green, who plans to open an Olivella's Neo Pizza Napoletana in Victory Park on the development's past failures ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    After Much Rumor and Speculation, Victory Park to Hard Rock Cafe Like It's 1986

    Hard Rock execs told Unfair Park way back in June of last year: Yes, the eatery-museum, stockpiled with hickory-smoked foodstuffs and Dimebag Darrell memorabilia, would be returning to Dallas sooner than later following the exodus from McKinney Avenue two years ago. This morning, they confirm the no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2009

    Chewing the Fat: A Concept Too Far

    Who doesn't love a good theme restaurant? Maybe it's just the clever new names--rainforest burgers and such--for geezerly menu items, but you can't deny those little extras. From a giant race car above the bar to the chance to sit next to one of Madonna's sweat-stained concert outfits, concepts oft ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    10 Questions: Brandon Durrett

    The all-around athlete has sorta gone by the wayside. But in the restaurant industry, you still find those who work both the bar and the dining room.At Fuse, Durrett handles bartending duties some nights, works as a waiter on others. And on occasion he must run back and forth between the two.No prob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2008

    So, Yes, a New Hard Rock Cafe's Coming to Dallas. Hard Rock Hotel Too.

    Gone, but absolutely not forgotten. A very curious note this morning, courtesy The Miami Herald. Because in its story about the Seminole Tribe striking a deal to put a Hard Rock Cafe inside the new $1.3-billion Yankee Stadium, along with an eatery called NYY Steak, there was this reference to the tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2008

    And One More Piece of Dallas' History Turns to Rubble

    The McKinney Avenue Baptist Church stood on McKinney Avenue for 97 years. Then Saturday happened. So, I leave town for three days, and this is what happens: The Hard Rock Cafe -- otherwise known as the former McKinney Avenue Baptist Church, built in 1910 -- is no more. Just one month ago, the buildi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2007

    For Half a Mil, the Hard Rock Cafe Can be Yours -- Temporarily

    Courtesy Michael Davis, Dallas Progress-ive and Dallas City Plan Commissioner, comes word that the former Hard Rock Cafe's now for lease -- since that sale never went through. Earlier this year, the former McKinney Avenue Baptist Church, built in 1910, was the subject of a vicious fight over histori ... More >>

  • Music

    August 16, 2007

    The Icarus Line

    Black Lives at the Golden Coast (V2)

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2007
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    April 2, 2007

    The Old Hard Rock's Future Will Be Decided Today. Feel Free To, You Know, Rock Out.

    If the old Hard Rock still looked like the McKinney Avenue Baptist Church, it'd be a landmark yesterday. But since it doesn't, well, the fight's on today. For those still filling their daily planners -- and, more to the point, for those still concerned with the fate of the former Hard Rock Cafe on M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2007

    Re: The Fight Over the Old Hard Rock Building

    John McKee, one of the McKinney Avenue residents leading the charge to get the former Hard Rock Cafe building designated a city landmark, takes issue with at least one charge made by Hard Rock Cafe attorney Eric Moye in the story below. In the original piece, Moye, a former state district judge, say ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2007

    The Fight Over the Old Hard Rock Cafe Building Just Got a Little More...Interesting

    Reverend J. Frank Norris raised the funds to build the McKinney Avenue Baptist Church, which would, decades later, become the Hard Rock Cafe. Norris was also a good friend of the Ku Klux Klan's. On Monday, the city's Landmark Commission is once more meeting to decide the fate of the former church si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2007
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    March 9, 2007

    Landmark Commisison Caught Between a Hard Rock and Hard Place

    So, we were informed late yesterday that everything is not as hunky or as dory as Angela Hunt led us to believe concerning the fate of the now-former Hard Rock Cafe on McKinney Avenue. (Hunt herself hinted as much in a late-day blog entry on Thursday.) Indeed, from what we hear, this thing's getting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2007

    In Uptown, a Meeting to Keep Hard Rock Building from Becoming a Teardown

    There's a meeting this week to see if Uptowners actually want to preserve the former church that, till next week, is the home of the Hard Rock Cafe. New Friend of Unfair Park John McKee called to let us know that on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at William B. Travis Middle School on McKinney Avenue, city coun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2007

    Eat Up, Then Listen Up

    Dine with Iggy and the Stooges March 5. Well, kinda. Remember back in the day, when you had to actually purchase a physical object in order to listen to music -- you know, records and CDs, as opposed to bits and bytes? And remember when that much-anticipated album was due out on some Tuesday, and yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2007

    Hard Rock to Stop Rockin' After All

    So, yeah. You know where last week we said the Hard Rock Cafe was still rockin', at least for the time being? Well, the time's come and gone. I just got off the phone with Hard Rock Cafe's New Jersey-based publicist John Gogarty, who does confirm that on March 3, the McKinney Avenue mainstay is clos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2007

    House of Worship, Sans Guitars

    After our Hard Rock Cafe item yesterday, a few Friends of Unfair Park wondered if we had a photo of the original McKinney Avenue Church, which is what the building originally was in 1910. Well, we didn't, but Preservation Dallas' interim exec director Katherine Seale did. This photo, she tells us, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2007

    Hard Rock Still Rockin'. For Now.

    Consider this yet another of Dallas' worst-kept secrets: The CVS pharmacy chain is going to buy up and tear down the Hard Rock Cafe on McKinney Avenue. At least, that's the rumor "swirling" among the restaurant's staff, says John Gogarty, the New Jersey-based publicist for the restaurant-hotel-casin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2007

    Is You a Top Chef? Then Pack Your Knives and Go.

    Harold Dieterle, winner of Top Chef's first season, knows his way around meat. Wait. That sounds wrong. I told the missus I gots plans this weekend: to audition for our fave TV show, Top Chef. (Actually, it's our second-fave, but Project Runway's fourth season is a loooooong way off.) The missus say ... More >>

  • Music

    June 9, 2005

    Odds & Ends

    Cory Helms benefit entertains and helps out; The Hourly Radio plays NYC showcase; rockin' women headed for Hailey's

  • Calendar

    February 3, 2005

    B-Ball Wizards

    They have smiles and skills

  • Calendar

    October 28, 2004
  • Dining

    September 23, 2004

    Marking Time

    Figaro Cafe keeps us waiting...and waiting

  • Calendar

    August 12, 2004

    Rockin' Run

    The King's loyal subjects pound the pavement

  • Music

    July 22, 2004

    Odds & Ends

    Christmas in July, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and FiveQuestions With Josh Venable

  • Music

    June 10, 2004

    Goodwin, Tripp Fontaine, Love Vs. Hate, the Bomb Almighty

    Thursday, June 3 at the Hard Rock Cafe

  • Dining

    January 15, 2004

    Meal Tickets

    Are airline meals worth the cost?

  • Calendar

    November 13, 2003

    Till You Drop

    It's not greed; it's charity

  • Calendar

    October 9, 2003

    Creep Thrills

    The attraction of Thrillvania is horrifying

  • Calendar

    February 13, 2003

    Them Demolition Ball Blues

    Robert Mugge looks for Last of the Mississippi Jukes

  • Calendar

    May 16, 2002

    Suck It

    Time to head out to Crawfest 2002

  • Best of Dallas

    September 21, 2000
  • Music

    September 14, 2000

    Scene, Heard

    Prize Money's back, kinda

  • Dining

    February 6, 1997

    Success made simple

    What Else is the best new entry on the dining scene in a year

  • Dining

    September 21, 1995

    Black velvet Elvis

    A little attitude goes a long way at The Hard Rock Cafe

  • Dining

    September 14, 1995

    The French master

    Guy Calluaud's latest eatery on Lovers Lane shows off a stunning palette of cuisines

  • Calendar

    January 5, 1995
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