The first Hard Rock Cafe opened June 1971 in London, England. The first restauran had eclectic decor, but it eventually started displaying memorabilia.
The HRC eventually started expanding in 1982, adding locations in places like Toronto, LA, Chicago, Paris and Berlin.
In March 2007, the Seminole Tribe of Florida purchased Hard Rock Cafe International Inc. And all related entities for almost $1 billion!
The chain has over 145 restaurants. What's interesting about them is that even with such a high number of restaurants, they do not franchise them in the US.
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