The first Hard Rock Café opened its doors on June 14, 1971, in London, England and began its global expansion in 1982. In March 2007, the Seminole Indian Tribe of Florida acquired the Hard Rock Café chain of 175 global venues in some 55 countries ultimately becoming the world’s leading collector and exhibitors of Rock ‘n’ Roll memorabilia. OK, back on track, this isn’t a blog about Global Market Domination… it’s about the Key West Hard Rock Café and the added bonus of dining with a GHOST!
Located in one of ‘Old Towns’ largest and most beautiful houses at 313 Duval Street, the Key West Hard Rock Café is home to Robert Curry. The house was built by William Curry, Florida’s first millionaire, as a wedding gift for his son, Robert. Robert was very sickly throughout his life, stricken with a variety of ailments and illnesses, yet found himself in control of the Curry family fortune. Since he wasn’t a very good businessman the money rapidly faded away (likely due to his poor health). Distraught and depressed, Robert committed suicide in the second floor bathroom becoming one of America’s MOST HAUNTED ROOMS! The Curry House is now the Hard Rock Café, but Robert doesn’t seem to know the difference. Guests and employees have reported seeing a dark-haired man walking the premises, then disappearing into thin air. The Hard Rock Café is always a great place to visit when you go on vacation. In Key West, the resident ghost gives you even more reason to have a meal there! Bon Appetit!
Though not of the Hard Rock, can you find the ghost in this dinner table photo below? I did! Who knows, you may get your own photo of an unwanted table guest here at the Hard Rock Key West. Boo! 🙂