Theeeey want to rock and roll and all night, and party ev-er-y day…
Don’t look now but the band KISS is poised to bestow its Rock & Brews upon lowly Overland Park in Prairiefire at 135th and Metcalf. More to the point, bandmates Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS plan to open their 11th eatery/party zone in the suburban Cowtown easrly next year.
About time OP got a replacement for Dick Clark’s
Somewhere along the way, some of the most unsuspecting celebs go into the restaurant or club biz to give them something to do during those long, lonely, groupie-less years after the spot light dims. Once in a while there’s a rousing success like with Jimmy Buffet or Robert De Niro’s Nobu.
Then there are clunkers like Britney Speers restaurant Nyla. Or Steven Speilberg’s, Dive. You can stick a fork in those two because the restaurant racket is a tough game and having a name in the music or movies biz doesn’t make it any easier. Even on a local basis, if your have name happens to be Johnny Dare. The formula and the food have to be right.
Stanley said in the release that the joint will be casual with family-oriented American cuisine and a broad range of craft beers in a rock-themed environment. The restaurant will span more than 6,000 square feet and will bring 100 full- and part-time jobs to the area.
Stanley and Simmons’ are co-founding partners with restaurant in El Segundo and Redondo Beach, Calif., and one in Los Cabos, Mexico with Los Angeles International Airport, Maui, Agoura Hills, Calif., and Albuquerque on the drawing board.
Raising the question of, imagine what might have been if we’d gone to that single terminal, billion dollar KCI a few years earlier!
“We are spreading our tentacles,” Stanley said. “It’s a family-friendly place where you don’t have to compromise your palate. Most of the time when you bring your kids to a restaurant, you are eating cardboard pizza or dried-out macaroni and cheese. This is really your place where you can hang out, choose from one of our 80 craft beers, hear quality rock music and have a great night with your friends. ”
The Torrance location opened Thursday, Stanley and Simmons personally served more than 100 returning military veterans and Wounded Warriors at a luncheon honoring them. They played a three-song mini show including “Hotter than Hell,” as Simmons described the restaurant as “on fire.”
People love bringing their families all day long and through dinner and enjoy the rockin’ social scene later in the evening.”
I know that wouls break KMBZ 980 afternoon drive host and KISS tribute band member Scott Parks’ heart, but in the meantime he can rejoice. The real question being will Parks band, Almost Kiss, get to play the grand opening or will it be the real KISS as at certain other Rock & Brews?
Stay tuned, more as plans develop!