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Hard Rock Cafe taking over Virgin Megastore space at Hollywood & Highland

May 26, 2009 |  2:46 pm

Amoeba Music will soon be the one and only destination record store in Hollywood, as the Virgin Megastore is set to close sometime by the end of June. The incoming occupants at the Hollywood and Highland space will no longer pose any competition to the nearby independent record shop, but they may be vying with the Grammy Museum for some used guitars.

Set to open in 2010 at Virgin's Hollywood Boulevard address will be a new addition to the Hard Rock Cafe chain. Our friends at L.A. Land have the details on our city's new rock memorabilia and burger joint:

The Hard Rock Cafe is coming next year to Hollywood, where it will open in a prominent spot at the intersection of  Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, the company said Tuesday.

The restaurant chain famous for its music memorabilia collection will set up shop between the Kodak Theatre and Mann Grauman's Chinese Theatre in a space, at 6801 Hollywood Blvd., to be vacated by a Virgin Megastore. The 20,000-square-foot Hard Rock Cafe Los Angeles will include a 500-seat restaurant, a live concert area and a shop selling Hard Rock merchandise and rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia from the company's collection.

The Hard Rock Cafe at the Beverly Center closed in 2006, but fans of the chain will be pleased to know they'll soon be able to do a little Hard Rock Cafe Los Angeles tour, courtesy of the Metro Red Line. The subway has stops at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, as well as Universal City Walk, where another one of Hard Rock's approximately 125 restaurants resides.

--Todd Martens

Photo credit: AP