After Starbucks opened shop in one of Kyoto’s old machiya townhouses to much fanfare, Hard Rock Cafe is set to follow suit in Gion, the entertainment district of Kyoto known for its narrow alleys and traditional wooden buildings. To blend in with the historic townscape, this new outpost, set to open on July 12, will do away with its signature guitar-shaped neon sign and instead, adopts the local custom of blue noren curtain and red lantern.
Matching the structure’s rustic facade, the interior design is kept simple, featuring lots of wooden details and warm, earthy colours. The food here will be your standard American-diner fare, think burgers, sandwiches, pastas and salads. However, it wouldn’t be fitting for Japan’s former capital if Hard Rock Cafe Kyoto didn’t include some local flavours in its menu. Though it has yet to be confirmed, rumour has it that the outlet will offer an exclusive menu of traditional Japanese-style dishes championing fresh local vegetables.
For fans, you can now add a Kyoto edition to your Hard Rock Cafe merchandise collection as the on-site Rock Shop will offer glasses, T-shirts, keychains and more, all emblazoned with the logo of this new Japanese outlet.
For more information about Japan’s Hard Rock Cafes, check the official website.