Hard Rock Cafe to close September 30

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Hard Rocked for nearly a decade.
That giant guitar hanging off the side of Block E will strum its last chord at the end of this month. The Hard Rock Cafe--part of an international chain of eateries known more for their music memorabilia than their food--had almost a 10 year run, having been one of the complex's first tenants back in 2002.

The Hard Rock brand, founded in the '70s, has lost some of its luster over the years. (I think I had a sweatshirt from the one in Seoul or maybe Hong Kong gifted to me by a well-traveled cousin back when I was in grade school.) But the Star Tribune reports that the Hard Rock's PR firm suggested declining sales did not spur the decision, and, instead, cited "challenges" with the Block E site--possibly alluding to the new owners' recent proposal to redevelop the facility into a luxury casino.

Block E has lost most of its major tenants, including its Hooters, Applebee's, and Panchero's restaurants. Panchero's claimed to have been forced out of its lease, a charge that Block E ownership denies.

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Hard Rock Cafe

600 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN

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Nick
Nick

Can they gut these places and let the food trucks in this winter????

bri-bri
bri-bri

Good f*cking riddance.

Lowenstein
Lowenstein

We tried to go there once for dinner but the entrance was blocked by the saggy pants knuckle dragging community.

Guy
Guy

Oh my. How dreadfully frightening for you. I hope you were able to flee in your carriage before any of those brutes relieved you of your pocket watch. 

elsa
elsa

Maybe if Block E had any tenants that didn't completely suck, it would be more successful. Except of course it would still be an ugly, tacky building.

No casino
No casino

It's not OK to further ruin the downtown area by putting in a casino.  If you feel the same let people know.

Eric Christopher
Eric Christopher

I could care less. What's the differnce between a Block E Luxury casino and one where seedy people wander in and out of? Nothing, Block E, nothing. 

Highfive, brah.
Highfive, brah.

It's technically on 1st Ave, so if they replace it with a lowest common denominator ladies night top 40 meatmarket, I'm sure they'll do just fine.

Bianca
Bianca

Steve Horner would not approve of that nonsense!

Craft Beer Time
Craft Beer Time

Meh food, poor service, and crappy atmosphere.  It won't be missed by anyone.

Nick
Nick

Damn, I was planning to go there never. 

Bianca
Bianca

i'm still grieving the loss of Gameworks. I saved up so many tickets...

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