Hard Rock Cafe, Cleveland, Ohio
Perhaps you’ve never heard the Ian Hunter classic song of that name, but trust me, ‘Cleveland Rocks!’. (Perhaps you remember it instead as the theme song to ‘The Drew Carey Show’?)
When the founders of The Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame and Museum were contemplating where to locate the fledgling facility, Cleveland rock fans beat out their counterparts in New York, L.A. and Nashville to win the Hall. So it is probably fitting that the only Hard Rock Café in Ohio should be located in downtown Cleveland.
Occupying a prime location within Tower City Center adjacent to Public Square, the Hard Rock Café has a presence overlooking the retail and food areas of The Avenue at Tower City’s grand public concourse, but also has an exterior entrance from Huron Road, high above the bends of the Cuyahoga River. Marking the location of that entrance above Cleveland’s Flats is the café’s iconic red guitar, perched along the high-flying bridge-like edge of Huron Road.
Cleveland’s Hard Rock Café was established in 1998, and is situated in a contemporary office structure built during the 1980s, in the last great expansion of Tower City Center and its environs. New life will be brought to this area once again, as Cleveland contemplates development of its first downtown casino.
Like its more than 140 counterparts in other great cities around the globe — from Aruba to Wales, Bangkok to Barcelona, Nagoya to Mumbai — the Cleveland Hard Rock Café offers the same great rock n’ roll experience in drinks, dining, memorabilia and merchandise. Fans of the Cleveland café find it the perfect spot to relax before watching the Tribe at nearby Progressive Field (formerly Jacobs Field), or after seeing LeBron James dominate an NBA rival at the Quicken Loans Arena a few blocks away. (There's more about all that at rickzworld.)
Dining at the Hard Rock Café can be followed by shopping The Avenue at Tower City and its more than 100 fine retail and entertainment establishments, including the Tower City Cinemas and the Tower City Amphitheater. Lunches at the Café are heavily populated by office workers from the Tower and other office structures above.
The big red guitar is easily visible from West Huron Road or from Ontario Street entering the city from the expressways to the south.
- Cleveland's Tower City Center
A mixed-use development that rivals in complexity and features such great urban assets as Rockefeller Center and Grand Central Station.
- Jacobs Field, Home of the Cleveland Indians
Jacobs Field (now Progressive Field), Home of the Cleveland Indians.
- Quicken Loans Arena (Gund Arena), Cleveland, Ohio
This arena, located in the heart of downtown Cleveland in the Historic Gateway Neighborhood, opened in October of 1994 for a sold-out concert by Billy Joel.
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