Paul Wilson: Overland Park Can ‘KISS’ It

KISS unleash @ Rock & Brews

KISS unleash @ Rock & Brews

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

59288-DeNiro-and-Nobu-mdSomewhere 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.

britney-spears-grand-opening-of-britney-spears-restaurant-nyla-in-new-york-1P0BNLThen 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.

Johnny Dare's frontageIn the case of Stanley and Simmons Rock & Brews, the future looks reasonably bright as the one at Prairiefire will the mates 11th, going on a planned 100 in the duo’s 5-year plan.

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.”

Screen shot 2013-07-11 at 7.37.08 PMI’m not taking wagers, but I’ll give it 24 months before it hits the ventilator.

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!


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10 Responses to Paul Wilson: Overland Park Can ‘KISS’ It

  1. Super Dave says:

    I’m ready to check it out.

  2. Orphan of the Road says:

    Places at the Power & White district remain open (mostly? sorta? aintbeeninacoonsage) so I place the odds at 50/50. If you have to factor in my attendance or influence on attendance, you are looking at drawing to an inside straight.

    Alice Cooper has a great place in Arizona, cuisine rather than theme-park.

    Dick Clark’s legend is based on a smear campaign and set-up of the original Bandstand host. I’d give his restaurants a 3, can’t dance to the beat and the words are slurred.

  3. the dude says:

    I say 26 months Hearne and I am sure the food will be Applebee’s-like craptacular.

    • Veronica Hornsby says:


    • Orphan of the Road says:

      If you opened a joint which replicated the old strip club bars across from Municipal Auditorium during the late 60s, serving Smackaroos and featuring classic rock, it would do as well.

      Or perhaps Poor Freddies from River Quay. Sans those fellows who did not play well with others.

  4. prkcmo says:

    There ain’t nothin’ Rock n’ Roll about 135th and Metcalf. Good luck.

  5. Zak says:

    Glad it’s goin to jo co. They will be dumb enough to go to it.

  6. paulwilsonkc says:

    Zak, funny stuff and I agree; I still give it 24 months before it walks off stage to no applause, no encore.

  7. Zak says:

    Paul I agree. I know Gene never puts any of his money in these investments. What business does Gene have that is successful? Remember Kiss car wash in Vegas. I think it is out of business.

    • paulwilsonkc says:

      Interesting, Zak; I’m neither a Vegas or Kiss fan so I missed the car wash. Had no idea. I’m sure there are dumber business ideas to stick your name on, I just don’t know what. Maybe KISS Porta Potties.

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