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This photo shows the Hard Rock Cafe location in Seattle. The restaurant just announced that it will be permanently closing its doors on December 1, 2023. (KOMO News)
This photo shows the Hard Rock Cafe location in Seattle. The restaurant just announced that it will be permanently closing its doors on December 1, 2023. (KOMO News)
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Hard Rock Cafe to close downtown Seattle location in December


Seattle will soon be saying goodbye to the only Hard Rock Cafe in the state of Washington.

The 14,000-square-foot restaurant, which has been located at 116 Pike St. since February 2010, will be permanently closing its doors on Dec. 1, according to a statement from Hard Rock to KOMO News.

With the closure, 66 employees will be laid off starting Dec. 1, according to the Employment Security Department.

Hard Rock continued to note they're currently in the process of expanding operations in 50 locations within the next five years and are "open" to the idea of returning to the Seattle area.

The Hard Rock brand was established in 1971 and now extends to hotels, cafes, and casinos that range worldwide.

The Seminole Tribe of Florida purchased Hard Rock in 2007, and now they have venues in more than 68 countries across the globe, according to the Hard Rock website.

Hard Rock did not address exactly why it's closing the Seattle location -- read the entire statement below:

Since the opening of Hard Rock Cafe Seattle in 2010, Hard Rock International has enjoyed serving the Seattle community and playing a role in the city’s celebrated dining culture. On December 1st, 2023 this location will permanently close. We are currently expanding operations in 50 locations within the next five years and are open to having another location within the Seattle market if the right space can be identified.

People KOMO News spoke to downtown Monday said it's a shame to see another business closing.

"Outside of this area, so many businesses are closing and it’s a shame to walk around and see so many businesses that have ‘for lease’ signs or they’re just outright boarded up plywood," said Seattleite Kennedy Menendez.

Menendez continued, "A lot needs to kind of happen with downtown Seattle for this city to become vibrant again."