Hard Rock Cafe International Inc.

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    Bob Dylan-themed restaurant, Zimmy's, closes its doors

    The owners of Zimmy's, a Bob Dylan-themed restaurant in Hibbing, Minnesota where Dylan grew up announced on Thursday that they would be closing after 30 years of business. The announcement follows months of struggles with tax delinquency, which led to the loss of Zimmy's liquor license. Though they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    Do the Twin Cities really need a new Hard Rock Cafe?

    For a good while now, the Hard Rock Cafe has been a dinosaur that isn't aware that it's already extinct. This summer, the international eatery chain will open a new location at the Mall of America, but the news was rightfully overshadowed by the 400 Bar moving there with the promise of actual rock o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    Famous Dave's CEO John Gilbert resigns after 18 months

    Famous Dave's, the Minnetonka-based BBQ franchise, announced yesterday that CEO John Gilbert has resigned after 18 months with the company. Ed Rensi, the former president of McDonalds, has been chosen as Famous Dave's interim Chief Executive Officer in Gilbert's place. Rensi served as the presiden ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    Hard Rock Cafe is coming to the Mall of America

    After a three year break, Hard Rock Cafe is returning to Minnesota -- and this time it's headed for the Mall of America. The Orlando-based franchise recently posted listings on its corporate website for general manager, restaurant operations manager, kitchen manager, and sales manager positions at ... More >>

  • Movies

    July 31, 2013
  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    Timberwolves reportedly eyeing Block E for new practice facility

    A downtrodden black hole of a real estate development and a struggling, seemingly snakebitten professional sports franchise -- some might say it's a perfect match.THE BACKSTORY: Block E blight: There's only one business left insideAccording to a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal report, the Timb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    Block E blight: With AMC theater closing Sept. 23, there's only one business left inside [PHOTO]

    SEE ALSO:-- AMC Theater, one of Block E's last tenants, seemingly on way out-- Ira Glass thinks Block E is a prison [AUDIO]Block E, or whatever it was called back then, used to have lots of character (see above photo). Now, it has the character of a black hole.On September 23, the AMC Theater will c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    RIP Jim Marshall: Interview with the Marshall stack cake baker

    Jim Marshall, the man behind one of the most iconic images in rock history, died on Thursday at the age of 88. His black Marshall amplifiers were corded to some of the greatest guitarists to pick up the instrument: Jimi Hendrix, the Who's Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, and countless others. And then ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    AMC Theater, one of Block E's last tenants, seemingly on way out

    ​One of the last tenants in the downtown eyesore that is Block E may be on its way out.Yesterday, the blighted downtown retail complex's AMC movie theater lost an appeal in federal court to extend its low-rent lease. It isn't clear whether that means the theater will negotiate a new agreement or c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Rosa Mexicano: Now Open in downtown Minneapolis

    Upscale Mexican food comes to City Center​Upscale Mexican chain Rosa Mexicano opened their first Midwestern location this week in downtown Minneapolis.  Filling the onetime T.G.I. Fridays with and pink accented elegance and transforming a long dormant corner of City Center.The Hot Dish stoppe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Farewells, chicken coops, and more in the Best of the Week: September 5-9, 2011

    Panoramio/matchboxNDSee ya!​The Hot Dish posted this week on a few downtown Minneapolis staples that are flying the coop, plus stories on what may be the manliest restaurant in America and a bit of Twin Cities soul food history. As summer winds down and the fair is in our rear view mirror, here's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    Cold Stone Creamery Block E RIP

    Cold Stone Block E location took its last licks. ​Block E's restaurant scene has pretty much dwindled to nothing. Following the closure of Applebee's, Hooters, and Panchero's, the Downtown Journal notes that the second floor Cold Stone Creamery franchise has also shuttered. (The Hard Rock Cafe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Hard Rock Cafe to close September 30

    Panoramio/matchboxNDHard Rocked for nearly a decade. ​That giant guitar hanging off the side of Block E will strum its last chord at the end of this month. The Hard Rock Cafe--part of an international chain of eateries known more for their music memorabilia than their food--had almost a 10 yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Hard Rock Cafe closing September 30. What will replace it?

    ​Hard Rock Cafe's story is as quaint as it is homespun, or at least, that's what their website is shucking.  Local hero and folksy humble-as-pie British megastar Eric Clapton donates his guitar to his favorite London restaurant, a quaint hangout called the Hard Rock Cafe...A week or two later ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Block E casino bill rumored at Legislature

    Jeff KubinaThe solution for Block E?​Is a high-end casino the answer to Block E's problems, or a problem waiting to happen? Either way, the Legislature may soon chime in on the destiny of the downtown Minneapolis development that has never found its mojo.

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Block E Applebee's closes

    Another tenant bites the dust.​Hopefully that Block E casino idea will fly, because it's clear that fewer and fewer businesses can succeed at the troubled downtown development. Applebee's is the latest casualty, closing its doors Sunday after being in business at the skyway location since 200 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Block E casino a possibility

    Jeff KubinaWhat happens in Minneapolis, stays in Minneapolis.​A series of developers have gambled on the Block E development, and lost. But Bob Lux, whose Alatus LLC bought the seemingly jinxed property last year, likes his chances with an idea that hasn't been tried: A luxury casino. It's a ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    November 10, 2010

    Steve Schussler is Walt Disney of theme restaurants

    Behind the scenes with Rainforest Cafe owner

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    Block E sold to Alatus

    Photo via wikipediaProfit center or money hole?​Bob Lux and his real estate development firm Alatus evidently look at Block E in downtown Minneapolis these days and see something that others don't: A cash register. The company confirmed over the weekend that it has completed a deal to purchas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    Anthony Bourdain charms at the State

    The lauded bad boy of the culinary world talked smack about his competitors, offered his tips on travel, and, of course, complimented the Twin Cities' food scene.

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2009

    RIP: Cafe Brenda

    You have two weeks to get your fill of Brenda Langton's beloved health-conscious, veggie-friendly cafe.

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2009

    KMFDM tonight in the First Avenue Main Room

    Are you ready to mid-90s industrial rock?

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2008

    Pack up all your crime and porn...

    The Minneapolis City Council had a song about the old Block E...but so did Tom Waits, and I like h ... More >>

  • Columns

    December 13, 2006

    The Godfather of First and Fifth

    You can learn a lot about a city by standing in the same place for 25 years

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2006
  • News

    February 8, 2006

    Unsportsmanlike Conduct

    What do you get when you cross a former Viking and a failed business? A lawsuit

  • News

    April 21, 2004
  • Columns

    March 31, 2004

    Growing Up

    Kids don't follow: The real school of rock

  • Columns

    January 28, 2004

    Burn the Ice Palace Down

    Never mind the bright lights--walk on water.

  • Music

    November 19, 2003

    Sex, Lies, and Audiotape

    Har Mar Superstar and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O. go on record about french-kissing fans and cock-blocking Beck

  • Columns

    August 20, 2003

    Older Than Yesterday

    How I spent my 10-year vacation from City Pages

  • Restaurants

    May 7, 2003
  • Music

    December 18, 2002

    A Local Music Yearbook

    Two cities, twelve months, a million reasons to rock!

  • Arts

    September 25, 2002

    The Decorated Duck

    Between a hard rock and a place: The nowhere look of downtown's Block E

  • News

    September 11, 2002

    Off Beat

    It's a Hard Rock Life

  • Arts

    July 24, 2002

    I'm Your Biggest Fan

    Being the head of a fan club these days is about more than having David Lee Roth sign your ass

  • Restaurants

    June 19, 2002

    Chain Fools

    What you can do to revitalize downtown Minneapolis

  • Restaurants

    January 16, 2002

    News of the Weird

    Proof That Inmates Sometimes Take Over the Asylum

  • Music

    August 9, 2000
  • News

    March 8, 2000

    Living Against the Law

    Public camping has been prohibited in Minneapolis for years. Trouble is, for Westside and Chris, Little John and Gnat, there's no place else like home.

  • News

    December 29, 1999

    A Power of Ten

    Slug's love bug, Kat Bjelland's exorcism, Dave Pirner's throbbing shins: Ten years of local music served on ten great platters.

  • Feature

    February 17, 1999
  • Books

    August 12, 1998
  • Music

    July 17, 1996