Rock around Camps Bay

Hard Rock Cafe has a new out­let of­fer­ing the fami­lar blend of food and decor, writes Ja­mal-Dean Groot­boom

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - EATING OUT -

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.

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