How are the Hard Rock Cafes of Mexico mysteriously vanishing? The answer comes from the AP, with the announcement that the 4 Hard Rock cafes of the countrylocated in Cozumel, Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, and Acapulcoshould have been shut down for operating illegally; Hard Rock International apparently "terminated its franchise relationship with Operadora DB Mexico, S.A. de C.V., Hard Rock Cafe franchisee in Mexico, in 2011 after several years of disputes relating to non-compliance with franchise standards and franchise payment obligations."
The Hard Rock Cafes were supposed to close or reopen under a new name, but they hadn't, and it's taken 3 years for Mexican authorities to finally enforce the shutdown of the Cancun property. It remains to be seen whether or not the Cozumel, Acapulco, or Cabo spots will follow suit.
For now, the nearest authorized Hard Rock Cafes to Mexico are located in San Diego, CA, and Guatemala City, Guatemala.