Demolition of Hard Rock Cafe begins after 29 years in Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas continued its “Farewell Tour” with the beginning of the demolition of the Hard Rock Cafe property Monday afternoon.

The demolition is part of the property’s transformation to Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.

Courtesy: Press Virgin (Virgin Hotels)
Courtesy: Press Virgin (Virgin Hotels)

The Hard Rock Cafe property is located on the corner of Paradise Rd. and Harmon Ave. It opened in 1990 and closed on Dec. 31, 2016. It was the first of the restaurant franchise’s two locations in Las Vegas, a second restaurant opened on the Strip in 2009.

The 82-foot tall iconic neon sign, inspired by Pete Townshend’s No.9 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe, stood in front of the Hard Rock Cafe, and is now housed at The Neon Museum.

The second Hard Rock Cafe is named Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas Strip and has been on Las Vegas Blvd. directly in front of Park MGM and T Mobile arena for the past 10 years.

The Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas Strip has three floors, is one of the largest of the 174 HRC restaurant franchises in 70 countries and features the world’s largest Rock Shop® and views to the Strip.

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas will close on Feb. 3, 2020 to begin the transformation to Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, which is set to open in the fall of 2020.

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