Downtown Indy’s Hard Rock Café closing its doors in March

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Get ready to say goodbye to Indy’s Hard Rock Café.

The restaurant will close on March 18. The Hard Rock Café opened in Indianapolis in April 1999, but the lease at the 49 S. Meridian St. location expires in March. As a result, parent company Hard Rock International said the restaurant will shut down.

The company said it “has enjoyed serving the Indianapolis community and playing a role in the city’s dining culture” since opening downtown. It didn’t discount the possibility of opening another location in the Indy area “if the right space can be identified.”

The chain traces its roots to the 1970s, when the first Hard Rock Café opened in London. The restaurant later started putting music memorabilia on the walls and began expanding worldwide in the 1980s. In the 1990s, it expanded to hotels and casinos. The Seminole Tribe of Florida acquired the brand in 2007.

The Hard Rock Café is known for its music memorabilia and signature merchandise like clothing with the Hard Rock logo. All of that memorabilia will return to Hard Rock’s warehouse, but may be seen in other restaurants in the future. The chain has locations in 75 countries, including 183 cafes, 27 hotels and 12 casinos.

For Hoosiers wanting to visit another Hard Rock Café, the closest options are in Louisville, Chicago and New Buffalo, Michigan.

Hard Rock International provided a statement about the closing:

Since opening the doors of Hard Rock Cafe Indianapolis in 1999, Hard Rock International has enjoyed serving the Indianapolis community and playing a role in the city’s dining culture. In March 2019, the lease for Hard Rock Cafe Indianapolis, located on South Meridian St, will expire. The location will close on Monday, March 18, 2019, as a result. The brand remains committed to the city and is open to having another location within the market, if the right space can be identified.

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