Hard Rock Cafe Edinburgh has today unveiled 10 things you may not know about its George Street Cafe as it celebrates 20 years in Edinburgh.
1. The George Street cafe hasn’t always been known for its Legendary Burgers and priceless rockin’ memorabilia. In 1882, the property was known as Dowell’s Rooms Auction House. It was then transformed into a public house before becoming Hard Rock Cafe Edinburgh in 1998.
2. Over the past 20 years the Hard Rock Cafe Edinburgh was visited by over 2 million guests.
3. Since opening, the cafe has served up over 750,000 burgers, and over 1 million litres of beer has been drunk by Hard Rock Edinburgh visitors… cheers!
4. The cafe houses memorabilia from rock legends including Elvis, Ringo Starr, Jimi Hendrix and AC/DC. The cafe currently has over 120 pieces of priceless music memorabilia on display!
1. The most valuable piece of memorabilia at the Hard Rock Cafe Edinburgh is The Beatles’ Ringo Starr’s leather jacket. In legendary photographer Lynn Goldsmith's book, she recalls how he borrowed her custom leather jacket for a few of the shots and was so enamoured with it, he insisted on buying it right there and then. Lynn, however, wasn't selling the jacket as it was a gift from designer Michael Schmidt and it had a sentimental value. This upset Ringo and he walked out of the photo session.
2. Hard Rock Edinburgh’s Ross Miller has worked at Hard Rock Cafe for 20 years. He opened the Edinburgh restaurant, and after brief working visits to other Hard Rock’s around the world, has returned to Edinburgh and is still here now!
3. Since opening 20 years ago, approximately 80,000 white Classic Hard Rock Tee’s have been snapped up by Hard Rock Edinburgh visitors.
4. Each Hard Rock Cafe has its own ‘Local Legendary Burger’. Edinburgh’s Local Legendary Haggis Burger is a 1/2 lb burger topped with a generous portion of locally sourced haggis, whisky-laced caramelised onions, mature Scottish cheddar and crispy 'neep' straws. Served on a toasted bun with crisp lettuce and vine-ripened tomato.
5. In the past year, Hard Rock Cafe Edinburgh has generated almost $45,000 in charity sales and donated over 250 volunteer hours. These charities have included Edinburgh Children’s Hospital, Marie Curie, Tailor Ed Foundation, The Yard, When You Wish Upon a Star and many more!
6. Hard Rock Cafe Edinburgh is home to over 60 employees from 15 nations. Together they speak 13 languages.
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