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

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 Park -- or, as we've noted before, but one block from the House of Blues.

While the kitchen looked nearly done, the gift shop looked alarmingly incomplete -- but plenty of rock memorabilia, including boots, hats and bandannas from Texas favorites, was already framed and hung on the walls.

Above one table, there's a guitar in a case signed by Doug Sahm's Texas Tornados. Outside the bathrooms, there's another guitar signed for the Hard Rock by Tripping Daisy. A metal skid plate guitar from Pantera's "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott hangs at the far end of the restaurant, next to Dixie Chicks co-founder Laura Lynch's boots.

The restaurant's planning an August 20 grand opening with The Old 97's, masters of the restaurant theme song, but will open its doors and welcome its first tourists July 15.

You can check out our slide show for more shots of what you'll find on the walls.

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