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The Owners of Hard Rock Cafe International, Inc.- The Seminole Tribe of Florida; Hamish Dodds, President/CEO; John Galloway, CMO; Tom Gispanski, CFO

Bring the Hard Rock Cafe back to Salt Lake City!

Signed,

Jon Merrill

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Hard Rock Cafe's are more than just legendary restaurants with exceptional food and atmosphere- they are also important museums, collecting and preserving culturally relevant artifacts from music...

Hard Rock Cafe's are more than just legendary restaurants with exceptional food and atmosphere- they are also important museums, collecting and preserving culturally relevant artifacts from music artists that mean something to the people. Salt Lake City's Hard Rock Cafe had some of the best Beatles memorabilia ever seen in one place, for example.

With the tragic events that befell Salt Lake City, with the Trolley Square Shootings of 2007, we sadly lost many innocent lives- something we have tried to work to heal from.  But, as though to add insult to injury, we also watched as Trolley Square seemed to take upon it a black cloud of looming memories- causing people to avoid it almost entirely, for years.

This avoidance appeared to be a psychological reset of sorts, and an important part of putting things behind us- but it also cost us vibrant businesses and culture from one of our best community hubs, who were unfortunate enough to be a part of Trolley Square at the time; some of which we cannot replace- the key example perhaps being the loss of the our beloved Hard Rock Cafe.  It was just too depressing to go anywhere near the Square- as anyone can imagine; it would be like having tea at Ground Zero in New York.

But time has healed, and Trolley Square is thriving again- more so than ever; and Salt Lake City continues to have one of the best economies in the nation.  All this being so, we would ask Hard Rock International to help finalize the closure we have worked to procure- and to return what may best exemplify that day's unrestored cultural losses: Salt Lake City's Hard Rock Cafe; if not to Trolley Square, then to somewhere else in the East Downtown Area- to the particular community that loved and appreciated it the most, and that was most affected by all that transpired.  And bring the Beatles artifacts- that has to calculate in as a good half of the cultural losses we suffered, seriously; I doubt anyone would see it otherwise.

Such a move would show the world how much you care for the people, and how much you are still in touch with your roots.  And given a nice high-profile location, you'd never lack for business- Salt Lake City is notorious among bands for our loud, music-loving crowds, and has long been constantly cited by many famous bands as their favorite place to play.  The Beach Boys even wrote a song about it.  Danny Elfman chose Salt Lake as the location for the last Oingo Boingo concert.  Utah has produced bands like Imagine Dragons, Neon Trees, & The Used- and Salt Lake City was a central hub during the 3rd Wave of Ska.  We LOVE music, and everyone who plays here knows it.  Such being, by default, we loved our Hard Rock Cafe.

We would respectfully ask you to help us move on, however subconscious the community effect may be, and come back to Salt Lake City- where we'd welcome you with open arms and hungry bellies.  Come back.  We love you, Hard Rock.

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