Rock around Camps Bay
Hard Rock Cafe has a new outlet offering the familar blend of food and decor, writes Jamal-Dean Grootboom
THE memorabilia-centric restaurant and bar, the Hard Rock Cafe, has opened its doors on the promenade in Camps Bay where Blues used to be.
It is set to be one of the hotspots for the upcoming festive season. Its big draw card is the focus on showcasing local talent and memorabilia from international artists.
While the franchise is nothing new to Gautengers, with one cafe in Johannesburg and another in Pretoria, Capetonians and tourists in the Mother city can now get a close-up view of the custom micstand Rihanna used during the 2009 American Music Awards.
This is only one of the many memorabilia items on display. Another is a black Simon
Preen bodysuit worn by British singer Ellie Goulding when she performed at the Echo Arena in Liverpool in 2014.
The belt Katy Perry wore during her I Kissed A Girl music video is in full view. One of the other must-see items is the handwritten music score of
The Temptations hit You’re My Everything.
The black safety-pin bodysuit worn on tour by former pop bad girl Kesha at the height of her career is also on display.
The Paul Reed Smith Amberburst PRS guitar played by Madonna’s former guitarist, Monte Pittman, on her Drowned World tour, adorns a wall. Madonna used the guitar, too, when she took lessons with Pittman before hiring him as her musical director.
Also on view is a pair of boots Bob Dylan changed on-stage because he believed they were jinxed, alongside a drumset Brent Fritz exclusively used from 2014 to 2015 while performing with rock and roll legend Slash.
The menu has all the signature dishes including hot wings, jumbo-sized onions rings and decent chocolate brownies.
There is a merchandise store where you can buy T-shirts with artwork from influential musicians, with sales benefiting various charities
The Hard Rock Cafe is at 87 Victoria Rd, Camps Bay, Cape Town.
The interior of the newly opened Hard Rock Cafe in Camps Bay. Pictures: Supplied
Ellie Golding’s body suit.