A Hard Rock casino is to open next to the existing Hard Rock Cafe in Manchester's city centre Printworks complex . Rank Group, which won the necessary gaming licence last week, has the right to expand the brand in the UK.

Chief executive Mike Smith is putting £4m into the project and wants to build more Hard Rock cafes across Britain and Europe. There has been a Hard

Rock casino in Las Vegas for several years, but it is still owned by Peter Morton, who founded the Hard Rock chain in the 1970s.

The Independent on Sunday

25/03/01

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