HARD ROCK CAFÉ
Gatlinburg may not be the first place to come to mind when you think of the history of rock and roll, but the Hard Rock Café has indeed managed to carve out its own niche in the rock of the Great Smoky Mountains thanks to a winning combination of pop culture and great food.
Open in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg since 1999, this restaurant has been a big draw to locals and visitors, primarily because of the décor, which tells the colorful history of rock music from its earliest days through today with dozens and dozens of artifacts and exhibits.
Among the most prized possessions on the walls and in the display cases at HRC Gatlinburg are Joe Perry’s (Aerosmith) Gibson Nighthawk guitar, one of Bob Dylan’s acoustic guitars, a suede leather suit worn by John Entwhistle of The Who and a jacket worn by Elvis Presley in the movie Speedway. And that just scratches the surface.
The restaurant, which has locations worldwide, got its start in London in the 1970s, when rock legend Eric Clapton was a regular at a quirky American diner called the Hard Rock Café. As a joke, he gave the owners one of his guitars to mount on the wall as a signal to mark his regular table. Other musicians like Pete Townsend of The Who began to follow suit, and thus a concept was born.
Today there are more than 70,000 guitars, drums, pianos, harmonicas, microphones, shirts, pants, scarves, shoes, handwritten lyrics, cars, bikes, a bus and assorted rock memorabilia—by far, the largest, most valuable such collection in the world—on the walls of more than 163 Hard Rock Cafes, hotels and casinos in 52 countries around the world.
By the way, the Hard Rock Café in Gatlinburg is unique in that it is the only one to offer its own wedding chapel. What else would you expect in Gatlinburg? Speaking of weddings, Gatlinburg is also a great place to spend a honeymoon. If that’s in your plans, don’t settle for cheap cabins in Gatlinburg, TN. Call us at Heartland Rentals and enjoy the area’s best accommodations at reasonable rates.