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Vienna Boys Choir sings at Hard Rock Cafe

The Vienna Boys' Choir performed at Austria's first Hard Rock Cafe branch in the capital Vienna yesterday.

The performance marked a celebration of the arrival of the famous American style restaurant chain to the Austrian capital with the restaurant due to open later this summer in the capital's inner city.

Also at the event was the company's CEO Hamish Dodds who visited the city especially for the performance and celebration.

Hard Rock Cafe was founded in London in 1971 and now operates 140 branches in over 50 countries.

The Austrian restaurant will open this summer in Rotentrumstraße 25 where tricaffe is currently located, although the company has not specified an exact date as of yet.

Rumours over the opening of a Hard Rock Cafe in Vienna first came about as long ago as 2003, when the then vice Chancellor Norbert Steger (FPÖ) said he would bring the restaurant to Austria. For years, it was apparently held up as they waited for money to come from Saudi Sheikh bin Laden - one of the half-siblings of the now dead Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

The company have said that this branch is likely to remain the only one here in Austria for a long time.

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