50 jobs at risk as Cardiff Hard Rock Cafe closes
Wales' only Hard Rock Cafe has closed suddenly as staff prepared to celebrate its seventh birthday.
The US-owned chain said the closure of the branch in St Mary Street, Cardiff, came as part of a review of its worldwide portfolio.
The branch employs 50 staff and the firm says it will strive to find them jobs elsewhere in the business.
The decision comes despite Hard Rock reporting record sales and profits over the past two years.
A statement from the Hard Rock Cafe said: "On 12 October, 2010, Hard Rock International closed its Hard Rock Cafe Cardiff location.
"Hard Rock has appreciated the opportunity to serve Cardiff and the local community for the past seven years.
"All employees of the Cardiff cafe will have the opportunity to transfer to other cafe locations."
Branches include London, Dublin, Edinburgh and Manchester.
The Cardiff Hard Rock Cafe opened in 2003.
The chain of restaurants uses music industry memorabilia in its restaurants to celebrate rock'n'roll legends and lifestyles.