Finally: Hard Rock Cafe goes Cambodia

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Hard Rock Cafe guitar The iconic US restaurant chain Hard Rock Cafe will open two restaurants in Cambodia in cooperation with two local firms, the Florida-based company announced on March 22.

The new locations will open in Siem Reap, a tourism hub close to the temple complex of Angkor Wat popular with tourists, in 2013 and then in Phnom Penh in 2014.

Hard Rock Cafe Inc, owned by the Sem­inole of Florida, a tribe of Native Americans, has signed a franchise deal with Cambodian companies Worldwide Investment Group and Meas Development. The chairwomen of Worldwide Investment Group is Hun Kimleng, who is the niece of  Prime Minster Hun Sen and is married to National Police Chief Neth Savoeun, according to the Cambodia Daily newspaper. The company also holds franchise rights in at least two other rest­aurant chains, Australian coffee company Gloria Jean’s and Chi­nese restaurant Emperors of Chi­na.

The investment for the Siem Reap Hard Rock Cafe will be $3 million, the company said. For the Phnom Phen cafe, the chain is still on the outlook for a prime location, most likely on or close to the riverside.

The casual dining chain is the latest US restaurant brand that entered Cambodia after Kentucky Fried Chicken, Dairy Queen, Pizza Company, Swensens and Black Canyon recently set up shop the country and Burger King opened at Phnom Penh International Airport in February 2013. However, the Cambodia is still free from  McDonald’s or Starbucks outlets.

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The iconic US restaurant chain Hard Rock Cafe will open two restaurants in Cambodia in cooperation with two local firms, the Florida-based company announced on March 22.

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Hard Rock Cafe guitar The iconic US restaurant chain Hard Rock Cafe will open two restaurants in Cambodia in cooperation with two local firms, the Florida-based company announced on March 22.

The new locations will open in Siem Reap, a tourism hub close to the temple complex of Angkor Wat popular with tourists, in 2013 and then in Phnom Penh in 2014.

Hard Rock Cafe Inc, owned by the Sem­inole of Florida, a tribe of Native Americans, has signed a franchise deal with Cambodian companies Worldwide Investment Group and Meas Development. The chairwomen of Worldwide Investment Group is Hun Kimleng, who is the niece of  Prime Minster Hun Sen and is married to National Police Chief Neth Savoeun, according to the Cambodia Daily newspaper. The company also holds franchise rights in at least two other rest­aurant chains, Australian coffee company Gloria Jean’s and Chi­nese restaurant Emperors of Chi­na.

The investment for the Siem Reap Hard Rock Cafe will be $3 million, the company said. For the Phnom Phen cafe, the chain is still on the outlook for a prime location, most likely on or close to the riverside.

The casual dining chain is the latest US restaurant brand that entered Cambodia after Kentucky Fried Chicken, Dairy Queen, Pizza Company, Swensens and Black Canyon recently set up shop the country and Burger King opened at Phnom Penh International Airport in February 2013. However, the Cambodia is still free from  McDonald’s or Starbucks outlets.

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