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Hard Rock Debuts In Seattle

SEATTLE (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Workers at the newest Hard Rock Cafe were putting the finishing touches on the venue before the venue's February 10 opening.

Located a "fish-throw" away from the world-famous Pike Place Market, the 14,000-square-foot cafe includes seating for 425 with a "rustic refined" decor. The cafe includes a restaurant downstairs, a performance space/bar with room for 300 fans and an open-air rooftop lounge, which might be an interesting choice, considering that the city averages about 160 rainy days a year.

The Seattle Hard Rock features the inevitable collection of rock memorabilia drawn from the franchise's deep collection, including Eddie Vedder's acoustic guitar, Jimi Hendrix’s 1969 Fender Stratocaster guitar, Krist Novoselic’s bass used while on tour with Nirvana and the doorway from Robert Lang Studios signed by many iconic Seattle bands.

The cafe is also high tech with touchscreens aplenty. A huge, vertical Microsoft touch 'surface' will be available in the waiting area to allow patrons to browse through the Hard Rock's entire memorabilia collection and the booths in the cafe will be equipped with touch screens, allowing customers to vote on the music they want to hear, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported.

As for live music, the Seattle HRC will be looking to stage live music at three to four nights a week with a focus on the weekends. They will be looking to book emerging local and regional acts as well as national touring artists from across all genres.

"After searching for the perfect location for many years, we are proud to bring Hard Rock Cafe to Seattle," said Hamish Dodds, president and CEO Hard Rock Cafe International. "Seattle is famous for its rich music history and live music scene, and we feel Hard Rock is a perfect complement to this vibrant city." – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers