Ready to ‘rock’

A sneak peek at HARD ROCK CAFE as it gears up to open on Park Street ‘IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS’

  • Published 15.12.17
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What: Hard Rock Cafe (HRC)

Where: 57A Park Street, Park Mansions (near iStore)

Opens: By December 25

Covers: 161

Timings: Noon to midnight

History: HRC was started by two Americans, Isaac Tigrett and Peter Morton, who craved a taste of home while living in London. The first cafe opened in London in 1971 and today it is spreading the sound of music in more than 70 countries. Hard Rock entered India in 2005 with Mumbai’s Wadia International Centre (Bombay Dyeing) outlet in Worli and grew to become one of the biggest players in the food-entertainment segment.

USP: Starting with an Eric Clapton guitar (the god of guitar was a regular at the flagship HRC in London), Hard Rock probably owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the world. “There will be 53 pieces of original memorabilia on these walls,” said local business partners Amit and Vanita Bajoria.

The interiors of Hard Rock Cafe at Park Mansions in the making. “This building was built in 1910, which makes it the oldest building in India to house a Hard Rock Cafe,” said Jay Singh, executive director & co-founder, JSM Corporation. This will be the eighth existing outlet in India. “The arches and the marble flooring enhance the old-world feel, while the lights and ceiling are modern. All the colours will come from the HRC wall memorabilia,” said Ashish Kambli of The Architects Office, which has designed the space.

The HRC signage was up on Monday and Facebook was already buzzing with pictures and selfies clicked by passers-by. A Rock Shop on the ground floor will sell HRC merchandise.

HRC SIGNATURES  

Hickory-Smoked Ribs: A rack of fall-off-the-bone tender BBQ pork ribs, rubbed with signature seasonings and basted with Hickory BBQ sauce. Served with a portion of cowboy beans, citrus coleslaw and French fries. Rs 1,195 (full).
Original Legendary® Burger: Work your way through the butter-toasted bun that packs in beef patty + ice lettuce leaves + tomato slices + gherkin + bacon + cheese + onion rings. Comes with French fries. Rs 530
Paneer Shaslik: “Keeping the Calcutta clientele in mind, around 60 per cent of the menu is vegetarian,” said A. Niranjan, area kitchen manager, HRC (south and north). New on the HRC menu is this skewed cottage cheese dish. 
Rs 365
Classic Nachos: Tortilla chips piled with three bean mix, Monterey Jack (type of cheese) and Cheddar, pico de gallo (Mexican salad), jalapenos and green onions. Garnished with sour cream. Rs 530
The bartender — dressed in the HRC uniform dotted with pins — stirred up a Mango Berry Cooler for t2. The management is hopeful that the liquor licence will arrive soon. 

(Above) One of the dining booths on the upper level. The ceiling is “reflective” and decor elements like this lamp light up the space. There will be a video wall too. And yes, bending the rules to suit Calcutta — a hookah zone for the first time in any HRC in India!

Text: Karo Christine Kumar

Pictures: B. Halder