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November 30, 1996
Funny how quickly the idea grows on you - that is, strapping a 25-foot electric guitar to the historic, Reading Terminal headhouse. That's a model of a guitar, of course. It would be the signature sign of a Hard Rock Cafe proposed for the long-vacant building, the derelict structure that's supposed to serve as the grand, front door of the Convention Center. Already, the architectural committee of the city's Historical Commission has said it's willing to play along. The full commission, which usually follows the committee's recommendations, is scheduled to meet in a week or so to vote on the 12,000-square-foot restaurant.
NEWS
January 12, 1998 | by Theresa Conroy, Daily News Staff Writer
In the world of theme restaurants, the Hard Rock Cafe is it. The first eatery to learn that we don't just want to eat, we want to have a dining experience, is still raking in the dough, even though its rock 'n' roll theme competes with rivals' movie-star theme, the rain-forest theme, the supermodel theme and various tropical venues. Founded way back in 1971, the Hard Rock is one of the most profitable restaurants in the world. We haven't gotten tired of the Hard Rock Cafe because we haven't gotten tired of rock 'n' roll.
FOOD
December 12, 2012 | By Emily Babay, Philly.com Staff Writer
Diners at the renovated Hard Rock Cafe in Center City can now get more of a taste of Philadelphia music history with their meals. In the new Philadelphia Room, patrons might sit beneath a shredded leather outfit worn by Philadelphia native Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, the late TLC singer-songwriter, or handwritten lyrics to "I Hate Myself for Loving You" by Joan Jett, who grew up in Wynnewood. Plaques describe each item and the artist's connection to the Philadelphia area. "Philadelphia is such a rock-and-roll town," Hard Rock historian Jeff Nolan said during a morning tour.
NEWS
November 26, 1996 | By Suzanne Sataline, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Whip out the Zeppelin posters, and plug in Van Halen's guitar. Philadelphia could soon be another stop on the Hard Rock Cafe world tour. (Ten-dollar hamburgers and ubiquitous T-shirts to follow.) After more than a year of wooing and cajoling by Mayor Rendell, the chain of trendy theme restaurants has drafted plans to open a 12,000-square-foot eatery on the Market Street side of Reading Terminal by the end of 1997. The cafe's owners have begun applying for the necessary city permits.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 1998 | By Clark DeLeon, FOR THE INQUIRER
It's raining. It's Philadelphia. It's 'round midnight on a Saturday in January. And there's a line of umbrellas - a line of 20, 30, certainly more than a few people - standing in the rain waiting to get inside the Hard Rock Cafe at 12th and Market Streets. This is new. On the same night about the same time there was a line of one or two outside the door of the Khyber on Second Street near Chestnut, where owner Steve Simons was working the door - and, regretfully, turning away those willing to pay the $6 cover charge.
LIVING
January 15, 1998 | By Michael Klein, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Bob Dylan's motorcycle is parked behind the bar. The gold records, autographed pictures, satin jackets and rock-and-roll posters gleam beneath spotlights. Rita is here. And the shelves in the gift shop are stocked with colorful T-shirts ($16 and up) and sweatshirts ($22 and up). Nearly 27 years after two Yanks opened a hamburger joint in London, Hard Rock Cafe tomorrow morning brings its act to Philadelphia, where it has taken over a corner of the Reading Terminal Headhouse at 12th and Market Streets.
NEWS
January 17, 1998 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / VICKI VALERIO
Hard Rock Cafe enthusiasts formed a line waiting for its opening yesterday in the Reading Terminal Headhouse at 12th and Market Streets. Philadelphia has become Hard Rock city No. 86.
NEWS
May 21, 2013 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
  It seems the largest township in Burlington County tastes like cilantro-flavored hot sauce. Evesham tastes like crab cakes, too. And sushi. Then there are pizza, Irish stew, chicken marsala, potato-chip cookies, cream of tomato soup, chocolate truffles, and that groan-worthy favorite of carnivals everywhere: deep-fried Oreos. On Sunday afternoon, the township hosted its fifth annual "Taste of Evesham," drawing 2,200 noshers and wine-bibbers to tents lining Main Street.
NEWS
January 16, 1998 | by Marc Meltzer, Daily News Staff Writer
Starting today, you can go to 12th and Market streets and eat a burger while admiring the jacket the late guitarist Jimi Hendrix wore when he gave one of his final performances in England. Jackets, instruments and other rock star paraphernalia are what makes the Hard Rock Cafe special. And, city officials hope the Hard Rock Cafe will make Center City east of Market special. Called the "Smithsonian of Rock," Hard Rock Cafe's 84th location features 457 of pieces of rare rock 'n' roll memorabilia.
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NEWS
May 17, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Many know James Cuorato as the silver-haired CEO of the Independence Visitor Center, or as chairman of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, now working to revive the Market East corridor. Few know he lives a second, secret life: He's a Beatle. In fact, he's Ringo. At the Hard Rock Cafe this month, Cuorato, 61, banged a driving beat on the drums, transformed in a dark wig and Ed Sullivan-era suit as his tribute band, the Beat Tells, performed an exacting re-creation of the lads from Liverpool.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2015 | By Molly Eichel
TELEVISION HOST, producer and part-time Philly resident Marc Summers revealed on WWMR's Preston and Steve Show yesterday morning that he is a cancer survivor. Summers, best known as the host of Nickelodeon's "Double Dare" and the Food Network's "Unwrapped" (which doesn't even touch on the numerous shows on which he's served as producer), told listeners that he was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia five years ago. He was in chemo for two years, yet still went about his daily business, not revealing his diagnosis.
NEWS
August 9, 2014 | By Lydia O'Neal, Inquirer Staff Writer
When it comes to rejuvenating the economy, sectors like housing, manufacturing, and small business tend to steal the most attention. Councilman David Oh, however, has his eyes on music. At a Thursday news conference in City Hall, the councilman unveiled PHL Live, a four-month contest to bring prominence - and prizes - to deserving Philadelphia musicians. A sort of Philadelphia's Got Talent. "We want to recognize music as not just a hobby, but a job that needs to be paid," Oh said.
NEWS
June 13, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
NBC10'S DEANNA DURANTE is a mom again. The reporter, along with husband, Tim Swan , welcomed Mattax McQuain Swan, a/k/a Mattie, in the wee hours of yesterday morning. The 7-pound, 14-ounce Mattie joins 2-year-old Maya in the Durante-Swan clan. Both mom and baby are doing swimmingly.   'Man'-ly red carpet Michael Ealy and Megan Good , the stars of "Think Like a Man Too," will walk the red carpet at the Prince Music Theater (1412 Chestnut St.)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
CONSUMMATE teen idol Frankie Avalon yesterday stopped by his old stomping grounds - the Italian Market - to prep for his upcoming cookbook, Frankie Avalon's Family Cookbook , due out from St. Martin's Press around Christmas 2015. Avalon and buddy Jerry Blavat checked out places like Cannuli's (937 S. 9th St.) and Claudio's (924 S. 9th St.), looking for inspiration. Avalon, who grew up in South Philly before hitting it big musically and cinematically, told me that the book will feature recipes from his own collection and his mother's classics.
NEWS
May 21, 2013 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
  It seems the largest township in Burlington County tastes like cilantro-flavored hot sauce. Evesham tastes like crab cakes, too. And sushi. Then there are pizza, Irish stew, chicken marsala, potato-chip cookies, cream of tomato soup, chocolate truffles, and that groan-worthy favorite of carnivals everywhere: deep-fried Oreos. On Sunday afternoon, the township hosted its fifth annual "Taste of Evesham," drawing 2,200 noshers and wine-bibbers to tents lining Main Street.
FOOD
December 12, 2012 | By Emily Babay, Philly.com Staff Writer
Diners at the renovated Hard Rock Cafe in Center City can now get more of a taste of Philadelphia music history with their meals. In the new Philadelphia Room, patrons might sit beneath a shredded leather outfit worn by Philadelphia native Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, the late TLC singer-songwriter, or handwritten lyrics to "I Hate Myself for Loving You" by Joan Jett, who grew up in Wynnewood. Plaques describe each item and the artist's connection to the Philadelphia area. "Philadelphia is such a rock-and-roll town," Hard Rock historian Jeff Nolan said during a morning tour.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 1998 | By Clark DeLeon, FOR THE INQUIRER
It's raining. It's Philadelphia. It's 'round midnight on a Saturday in January. And there's a line of umbrellas - a line of 20, 30, certainly more than a few people - standing in the rain waiting to get inside the Hard Rock Cafe at 12th and Market Streets. This is new. On the same night about the same time there was a line of one or two outside the door of the Khyber on Second Street near Chestnut, where owner Steve Simons was working the door - and, regretfully, turning away those willing to pay the $6 cover charge.
NEWS
January 17, 1998 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / VICKI VALERIO
Hard Rock Cafe enthusiasts formed a line waiting for its opening yesterday in the Reading Terminal Headhouse at 12th and Market Streets. Philadelphia has become Hard Rock city No. 86.
NEWS
January 16, 1998 | by Marc Meltzer, Daily News Staff Writer
Starting today, you can go to 12th and Market streets and eat a burger while admiring the jacket the late guitarist Jimi Hendrix wore when he gave one of his final performances in England. Jackets, instruments and other rock star paraphernalia are what makes the Hard Rock Cafe special. And, city officials hope the Hard Rock Cafe will make Center City east of Market special. Called the "Smithsonian of Rock," Hard Rock Cafe's 84th location features 457 of pieces of rare rock 'n' roll memorabilia.
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