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Demolition Starts on the Hard Rock Cafe to Make Way for Virgin Hotel

Three years after closing, the iconic restaurant gets demolished

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The Hard Rock Cafe
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Say so long to one of the iconic landmarks of Las Vegas. The Hard Rock Hotel start demolition of the Hard Rock Cafe at the front of the resort as the property gets ready to become Virgin Hotel.

The Hard Rock Cafe originally opened in 1990 with an 82-foot neon guitar lit up out front. The guitar, inspired by Pete Townshend’s No. 9 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe, now sits at The Neon Museum. The restaurant closed on December 31, 2016.

Demolition of the restaurant starts on Monday, November 18. The entire resort closes on February 3, 2020, right after to the Super Bowl, to begin changing into Virgin Hotels, opening in fall of 2020.

MB Steak, Pizza Forte, plus 20-year Hard Rock veteran Nobu are all scheduled to return when the Virgin-branded resort debuts. The Nobu bar area will reopen at twice its current size and the steakhouse will add to the dining room and its own bar footprint.

Elsewhere on property, Virgin paperwork now confirms the Commons Club lounge and restaurant ss a prominent tenant, moving into an open-plan space, close to the main entrance.

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Virgin Hotels

4455 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89169 Visit Website

The Neon Museum

770 Las Vegas Blvd N, Las Vegas, NV 89101 (702) 387-6366 Visit Website

Nobu

4455 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89169 702-693-5090

MB Steak

4455 Paradise Road, , NV 89169 (702) 483-4888 Visit Website

Hard Rock Cafe

125 Bourbon Street, , LA 70130 (504) 529-5617 Visit Website

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