Hard Rock Café Puerto Plata?

NALs

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There is a rumor of a Hard Rock Café opening soon in Puerto Plata.

If anyone know where exactly this will be, when will they open, etc... spill the beans!
 

Seamonkey

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There is a rumor of a Hard Rock Café opening soon in Puerto Plata.

If anyone know where exactly this will be, when will they open, etc... spill the beans!
It's not a rumour, it's true. I've been getting emails for the past 4 months from an American job placement company that I deal with. The location hasn't been disclosed, but I'm guessing it will be inside Playa Dorada.
 

NanSanPedro

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That's another place I really don't get(?). It's like a museum that serves food and drinks with memorabilia for old fart boomers.
I took my Haitian kid twice. He got a kick out of all the memorabila. His favorite quote to this day is "take the money and run." He was 18 I think at the time. However, at this point they have priced themselves out of my range, at about $450/night.
 
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SKY

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I took my Haitian kid twice. He got a kick out of all the memorabila. His favorite quote to this day is "take the money and run." He was 18 I think at the time. However, at this point they have priced themselves out of my range, at about $450/night.
By the time they add in the 18% ITBIS and 10% tip that you have to tip more anyway their prices are nowhere near what they offer....................Much better places on the North Coast...........
 

melphis

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There was a Hard Rock Cafe in STQ Colonial zone a few years ago. It was always busy but typical bad management killed it.
It's a dying brand at the moment. The one in Bávaro seems to have found success with golf, casinos and concerts.
Hope they can find thier way. It's a great golf course. The casino is Vegas quality
 
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El Hijo de Manolo

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There was a Hard Rock Cafe in STQ Colonial zone a few years ago. It was always busy but typical bad management killed it.
It's a dying brand at the moment. The one in Bávaro seems to have found success with golf, casinos and concerts.
Hope they can find thier way. It's a great golf course. The casino is Vegas quality
I don't know how these places still find customers. Planet Hollywood, Hard Rock, weren't there others? Back in the day they had good business in the south with the rednecks. I guess Dominicans think they're more "New York" if they go to one of these gimmick joints. As a New Yorker I view the demographic the same as the Times Square and double decker red bus folks. Also the same who go to the observation deck in the Empire State Building
 

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Are there really many Dominicans that give an RA about Hard Rock Cafe? How many have that in their bucket list?
 

chico bill

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Are there really many Dominicans that give an RA about Hard Rock Cafe? How many have that in their bucket list?
The same ones that like VIP seating, gold chains, flashing red and blue emergency lights on the front for their black SUVs, flashing bulbs in their brake lights, multiple gold chains, a bottle of Hennessey on the table, accompanied by girls with fake asses, fake breasts, false eyelashes, acrylic polish on fake nails, lip fillers and 24" hair extensions.
And there is no shortage of this type of yeyhoo in any part of DR, including the North Coast.
Their bucket lists are pretty shallow.
 
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There was a Hard Rock Cafe in STQ Colonial zone a few years ago. It was always busy but typical bad management killed it.
It's a dying brand at the moment. The one in Bávaro seems to have found success with golf, casinos and concerts.
Hope they can find thier way. It's a great golf course. The casino is Vegas quality
Dying brand indeed. There is probably no brand which is more yesterday.
 
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If it is Hard Rock Cafe and not a hotel then it would make more sense to have it close to the center and Taino Bay cruise terminal.
 

Ecoman1949

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If it is Hard Rock Cafe and not a hotel then it would make more sense to have it close to the center and Taino Bay cruise terminal.
Cruise ship clientele are not going to blow a wad of money to eat at a Hard Rock Cafe. The‘re fed feed five times a day on the ships. Puerto Plata residents have increased living costs and, less money to spend on cache cafes.

The owner will be looking to fill the tables with AI clientele from the proposed Disney Resort, and other Playa Dorada resorts, condo and apartment renters, and the thousands of other tourists stuffed into the Playa Dorada and Playa Bergantin area. People on a one week or two week vacation willing to pay the high prices.

Decades ago I went to a Hard Rock Cafe in Mykonos once. Haven’t darkened the door of any since then and I’ve walked by many in different countries.
 

Ecoman1949

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Chico. I attended a DR music performance in Luperon about five years ago. In a cavernous club with a car wash in the back for cars and a, “car wash”, on the side for other customers. My friend paid a lot more for VIP seating. They sat us near the side of the bandstand next to massive speakers. You could see the ripples in our drinks from the pulsing bass. Stuffed pieces of napkin in my ears but was still partially deaf with a splitting headache for a few hours after the performance. Attended open air concerts after that. The Playa Dorada mall used to host Brugal sponsored music performances. Some were excellent, trios and quartets, and the noise level was bearable.
 

NanSanPedro

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Cruise ship clientele are not going to blow a wad of money to eat at a Hard Rock Cafe. The‘re fed feed five times a day on the ships. Puerto Plata residents have increased living costs and, less money to spend on cache cafes.

The owner will be looking to fill the tables with AI clientele from the proposed Disney Resort, and other Playa Dorada resorts, condo and apartment renters, and the thousands of other tourists stuffed into the Playa Dorada and Playa Bergantin area. People on a one week or two week vacation willing to pay the high prices.

Decades ago I went to a Hard Rock Cafe in Mykonos once. Haven’t darkened the door of any since then and I’ve walked by many in different countries.
So true. I still remember taking my oldest to Disney World in 2002. At first I was agast at the prices. After a while, I just said eff it and gave them my credit card and didn't worry about it. Had a great time and paid everything off in a month or 2.
 

Ecoman1949

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Disney has a new attraction now: "It's A Woke World".
Yep! The Disney political correctness pendulum has swung far to the Left. A long way from its infancy and the days it produced cartoons with blatant racial bias. Euro Disney lost money big time when it was built on the outskirts of Paris . It took years for the Europeans to accept it and make it viable.

Many DR posters have noted the failure of theme parks in DR resort areas. I can’t see the proposed Disney Resort in Playa Bergantin including a large scale theme park on their premises. Space is going to be an issue if everything that’s been promised is built there. Disney cruises seem to be the big draw for parents now. Expensive and a money maker for Disney.

Went to Disneyland in 1988 while I was visiting my aunt in Riverside, just outside Los Angeles. She treated me to an afternoon at Disneyland. I didn’t have the heart to say no. I can still see and hear those freakish dolls singing It’s a small small world. “ The horror. The horror!” 😂