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Photos: Inside Tampa's new Hard Rock Cafe

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Rarely does the launch of a new chain restaurant attract so many corporate honchos, media members and and saucer-eyed gawkers.

Then again, most Golden Corrals don’t own Justin Timberlake’s pajamas.

Oh, sure, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa calls the getup a suit, “owned and operated” by Timberlake during his ’N Sync days. But the silken, powder-blue Asian-style outfit undeniably looks like jammies.

Such is the level of laid-back intimacy the casino wants to create with its new Hard Rock Cafe. When the 17,500-square-foot restaurant opens to the public Dec. 21, it’ll be the latest, glitziest addition to the casino’s ever-expanding empire.

The casino held a preview for the Hard Rock Cafe Tampa, which, in addition to serving burgers out the wazoo, has a few special concerts lined up — Sister Hazel will perform on New Year’s Eve, and actor Jim Belushi’s band, the Sacred Hearts, will headline a party the night before Gasparilla. And hotel officials are promising a star-studded grand opening party on Jan. 12.

Click here to read our story about what the Hard Rock Cafe will bring to Tampa Bay -- like the "Rock Wall," an interactive touchscreen guide to more than 1,600 pieces of the Hard Rock's extensive memorabilia collection. And get more photos of the Hard Rock Cafe Tampa after the jump.

Here you have a few shots of the dining room...

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Here's the central bar...

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And here's the main entrance from the casino floor...

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Here's the blackjack parlor...

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And of course, here's the gift shop.

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And here's another shot of the fun-to-use "Rock Wall."

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-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photos by Luis Santana, tbt*.

[Last modified: Friday, December 17, 2010 11:39pm]

    

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