Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Hard Rock Cafe


Opening on El Conde in the Colonial Zone

25 comments:

Mario Sessions said...

wow its about time you got bact to your blog..... i was having a fit. im ere in miami visiting mom tempting to hop over to santo domingo for a day. as far as the hard rock cafe its my treat when i hit the island keep up the good reporting

Anonymous said...

The AWFUL Hard Rock Cafe, and souvenir store... right next to my favorite spot on the conde- Anacaona. Is this the beginning of the end? What next Starbucks (even though I love their coffee), McDonalds, Chuckie Cheese?

I just don't get it: why would anyone travel all this way and go to these chain stores?

DR: Save yourselves from these corporate monsters.

Anonymous said...

AMEN! The above comment was dead on target, nothing more can be said.

Mario Sessions said...

All im looking for is a place that have Real Cheese in the Zona Colonial, Pizza hut is one and maybe Hard Rock Cafe will be another one I hope.

Anonymous said...

Cheese? Your main concern is... cheese? >head slightly tilted puzzled expression<

Anonymous said...

Mr. Sessions, es La vuelta grande de, y no tiene una pista. It is amazing, beyond logic the comments he post. Many of us vecinos and guest are leaving on his birthday weekend and heading elsewhere or to the east end of the island. To the above comment, believe me you represent more readers than you could ever know.

Mario Sessions said...

I love cheese, real cheese the kind that melts in the microwave oven at 15 seconds. (Smile) for those who know what im talking about.

Now for my Birthday Event its smaller this year unlike last year, my 40th about 256 attended my event. I will say right now about 30 guest that have tickets in hand already between the ages of 25-43 Nassau, London, USA, Africa, Trinidad/Tobago, and Barbados.

(March 10-13) http://www.santodomingodirect.com

Anonymous said...

Too bad there is going to be a Hard Rock. What a shame! What a disappointment.

Anonymous said...

About this birthday event. I visited the santodomingodirect site but I don't see anything about purchasing tickets. I'm just curious as to how 30 people have tickets so far.

Also, Mario think about it. If more corporations like Hard Rock and Pizza Hut/KFC come down to DR and take over established local businesses (let's say they buy the sports bar building, for example) and turn it into a chain store (say a Subway sandwich shop), would it be worth it to give up such a valuable commodity as the Sport Bar, which exists no where else in the world, so someone can get a sub in the colonial zone, just like they can ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD?

I still don't get the cheese thing though... really... cheese? ...Anyone... cheese?

The D.C. Crew said...

All of us, including myself now and in the past have given far to much energy and attention to trying to figure the "cheese" and other comments out. I am resigned already that we can't and never will understand. Hey, that is what keeps things intresting I guess. Let me know where everybody else is going that weekend. I want to go. Please!!!????

Anonymous said...

Already on Abraham Lincoln, far west of the Colonial Zone you notice "Haagen-Dazs, ect poping up. I fear that a move in the direction of bringing business ventures such as these are diet don'ts. Much like San Juan and here in the states has become. very commercial and FAT(financially and physically). In so many ways it takes away. Sadly so many americans expect and complain when they can't find McDonalds, KFC's, Marriotts,ect..

Anonymous said...

Did'nt mean to add to the madness, but here goes.

Want a quick snack in the Dominican Republic? Go to your neighborhood colmado, or convenience store, where cheese is choice.

For 5 pesos, or 30 cents in U.S. money, the proprietor will slice off and cube chunks of cheese. This tasty, nutritious snack is a Dominican favorite and part of a growing consumer trend to choose cheese.

Citizens of the Dominican Republic like cheese so much that domestic dairies cannot meet the entire demand. Moreover, food safety concerns about domestic production have caused a clamor for imported products. In the 1940s, German immigrants established a dairy in the Dominican Republic. located on the north coast of the country, it produces dairy products and cheese under the "Sosua" brand. A second, perhaps even larger firm is Pausterizadora Rica in Santo Domingo; their products sell as "Rica."

In addition to these two players, there are hundreds of small cheese manufacturers producing a domestic white cheese.

Key players in the Dominican Republic’s imported cheese sector are the Netherlands, the United States, Germany and New Zealand. And the market is a growing one. In fact, cheese sales increased by almost 150 percent between 1994 and 1998.


Provided facts from an employee of the U.S. embasy D.R.

Mario Sessions said...

No tickets to purchase for my Birthday Event, because its not a money making event, all you need is Air and Hotel. Most of my guest are friends and friends of friends.

"...6:01 am my flight leaves at 8 am, you all have a good weekend I know I will".

Anonymous said...

The old folks would say that the above has "gumption".

Gumption means both 'common sense' and 'initiative'; for some people it may also mean 'courage'. In Marios case I opt for the later. Amazing.....

Anonymous said...

Hello Anthony!
I'm glad that you found your way back to your blog. So...I want to thank you and your crew (Patricia, Miguelina, etc.) for your attentions while I was staying at the apartments. After spending almost 2 weeks in Sto. Domingo, on returning home, I was in a daze for a looong time. My body exuded alcohol from every pore and it was dangerous for anyone to light up a cigarrette near me for fear of the fumes! I did my share in helping David Lee make some extra $$ during the holiday season and also make some space for those new liquor bottles. He runs a tight ship and when he comes out from his corner he means business! My regards to him. BTW, my bf of 6 years is getting married to his long-time girlfriend on Jan 28 and he wants me to be his best man. Yeah, right... I don't think so. These guys will want to get you into their family by hook or by crook. If she ever found out what we do behind closed doors, she would have a massive heart attack and drop dead on the spot. Just leave me out, thank you... I hope to return to Sto. Domingo in Abril. See you then!
From Puerto Rico,
Rafael

Anonymous said...

What the....was that all about?

Anonymous said...

Anthony knows. After all, the post was meant for him. You are just reading it gratuitously (it means without cost or obligation, for free). Have a nice day!
From Puerto Rico,
Rafael

Anonymous said...

Ouuch! That has to hurt.

Anonymous said...

It should'nt have. I also agree it was painful to read too. An e-mail or a call may have been an option, but obviously it was not. Who the hell really cares anyway.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm...some people who log on to this blog are sooo sour. They criticize Mr. Sessions for announcing his birthday plans. They critize me for recounting my recent experiences to Anthony instead of posting their own experiences in Santo Domingo. Snap out of the negative mind set already!
From Puerto Rico,
Rafael

Anonymous said...

Alright, let's flip the page, enough of that drama. Looking forward to seeing the return visitors, new visitors, and the existing residents of city and Island of the D.R.

Anonymous said...

Its because they are anonymous old fat ass Tuskegee Airmen with nothing to do but to hate people for expressing their views and giving love. If they were man enough they will make themselves known and not hide behind the anonymous logon. Mr Sessions and Rafael keep doing what you do at lease you all are having a good time and not counting on this blog to falt someone on their experiences in Santo Domingo, I envy you but I dont hate you.

Sign....

KC Rollins, Anthony I will see you in March

Anonymous said...

Boooo.....hiss, and more boos.

Anonymous said...

For a change of subject. I here that Leon just bought a hotel. Have you heard anything about this?

Anonymous said...

Excellent, if it's true. Starting a business anywhere is challenging at best and starting one in another country is even more so. Anthony, David, Leon, Jerry and others, continue all of your efforts. Without you the options for gay nightlife and fun would be limited in Santo Domingo.