Oscar Peterson

Sam Taylor

Toronto café reveals secrets of former rock ‘n’ roll mecca

The Hard Rock Café Toronto has always had employees fall in love with its rock history. Some waited tables while singing and dancing to Britney Spears’ songs, others remembering Led Zeppelin. Three years ago, Sam Taylor, 20, was waiting for his job interview at The Hard Rock Café while discreetly playing Gov’t Mule’s Soulshine with an imaginary guitar. “I was on my way out of the restaurant when I saw this plaque on the wall, right beside the door,” he said. “This place used to be the old Friar’s Tavern. I was hired, and I knew it was just the beginning of an amazing job.”