According to The Detroit Free Press, The Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Detroit is closing.
“The brand remains committed to the city and is open to having another location within the market, if the right space can be identified,” the statement continued.
Inside the restaurant, visitors have been greeted by memorabilia from Detroit-related stars such as Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Madonna, the Temptations and Eminem, along with items from musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, the Eagles and Keith Richards. The three-story sign out front was modeled on Ted Nugent’s vintage Gibson Byrdland guitar.
Word of the closure comes 15 years to the month after Hard Rock Cafe opened to much fanfare in the Compuware Building (now One Campus Martius), during the early stages of Detroit’s downtown development revival.
By that point, the chain’s international expansion was in full swing, with properties in a host of major U.S. cities along with tourist sites such as Myrtle Beach and Key West.
During its early years, the Detroit location regularly hosted shows by local musicians and occasional touring acts, but bookings trickled off in recent times. Singer Scott Weiland performed at the site in November 2015, two weeks before his death.
Elsewhere in Detroit, Cheli’s Chili Bar across the street from Comerica Park closed on Nov. 24. And last week, the longstanding Ace Diamond Jewelers in Dearborn also said it would shutter in 2019.