Tampa Bay Online reports that the new Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s nightspot opened with loud tunes and lots of celebrities, going on well into the small hours of the night.
The seminal 70s and 80s prog-rockers Styx was on hand to blast out some of their famous tunes, from “Lady” to “Come Sail Away” at the grand opening of the new Hard Rock Cafe at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
It was a star-studded affair at Tampa’s newest nightspot, as celebrity DJ and former Lindsay Lohan flame Samantha Ronson spun tunes while Nicky Hilton, Ali Landry, and ‘N Sync singer Joey Fatone partied late into the evening.
The new cafe is doubling the size of the Seminole’s former restaurant, Floyd’s, with 17,500-square-feet of space and 350 seats. The Seminole Hard Rock is using this new cafe as a testing ground for the latest technology, service and food ideas that other Hard Rocks around the world may follow if all goes to plan. These features include go-go dancers, Blackjack tables in the restaurant, and an open kitchen.
There will also be, of course, the memorabilia that has been a staple of the decor since the Hard Rock Cafe’s began covering their walls with rock and roll artifacts in 1979. The new Hard Rock here includes the guitar that Lynyrd Skynrd recorded the epic anthem “Freebird” in 1972, a worn guitar owned by Bob Dylan, the clock rap legend Flavor Flav wore around his neck, and a fedora Michael Jackson wore while singing “Billie Jean” during his 1997 world tour.
The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino opened in 2004, and has earned a four-diamond rating and a reputation for being one of Tampa’s best nighttime locations.