If the effort put into the groundbreaking ceremony for the Colony's Rock and Brews restaurant is a gauge of what to expect, then the people of the Dallas / Fort Worth, TX area are in for a four-star dining experience every time they step foot in the coming establishment. For lack of a better way of describing it, Rock and Brews is an ever-expanding franchise co-owned by KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. This newest location will be the first one in Texas.
Mr. Simmons stated he hates the term "franchise" and would rather people think of Rock and Brews as a family-friendly home away from home or place where you get treated like a rock star even if you aren't one. Great service and excellent food is what's on the menu. To prove it, food from their New Mexico location was brought down for the groundbreaking event for everyone to sample. Servers were dishing out barbecued ribs and pulled pork sandwiches for patrons to enjoy while Simmons mingled with city officials and members of the police and fire department. He took the time to take photos with each and every person who wanted one.
A spectacular dining experience for anyone no matter how or what they eat was promised by Simmons. He was very excited to share with me the fact that Rock and Brews has vegetarian and gluten-free dishes on the menu. Let's also not forget the presence of gluten-free beer.
Simmons and bandmate Paul Stanley and local businessmen Brett Anz and Perry Mann decided to set up shop in the Colony because of the population boom in the North Texas area. The KISS legend told me it was a perfect location to get established in the area because it’s right off a main highway. Simmons stated that if people are stuck in traffic and see a giant restaurant establishment known for great food and drinks, what will they want to do? Get out of the traffic and have a good time while waiting for the craziness to die down.
After breaking ground with an invisible shovel, Simmons made his way to the fence surrounding the tented area where the event took place. He greeted fans there waiting to get autographs and pictures with the towering Demon from KISS. Never wanting to disappoint, he made his way around the barrier to get right into the thick of things. Simmons spent a good 10 or 15 minutes signing items in between taking selfies with folks.
The 9,000 square foot Rock and Brews will be located in the “Grandscape” Center in the Colony by the Nebraska Furniture Mart and the coming Toyota headquarters. Rock and Brews is scheduled to open in early 2016 with a grand event that Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley will attend. The exciting occasion will benefit wounded warriors and active military members. They will be on hand to talk to and take photos with patrons.
You can see more pictures from the Rock and Brews Colony, TX groundbreaking right here.