Korri Kezar | Dallas Business Journal
North Texas can rock and roll all night and party every day with a new Rock and Brews coming to The Colony next year.
The restaurant concept, formed by frontman Paul Stanley and bass guitarist Gene Simmons of the band KISS, is building an 8,950-square foot location near Nebraska Furniture Mart in the Grandscape development. Stanley said the company was drawn to Grandscape’s size and affordable space.
“It’s an exciting project out there and Warren Buffett, you can say he’s a trailblazer, but he’s also someone who doesn’t make a lot of mistakes,” Stanley told the Dallas Business Journal. “ That area is upcoming and it’s expanding, so we chose that area rather than going into the city where it would be more difficult to fully realize what we see Rock and Brews being, which is an indoor/outdoor family-friendly restaurant.”
Rock and Brews will include a pet-friendly patio and a children’s area so music lovers of all ages can enjoy a little classic rock by musicians and bands such as Don Henley, The Beatles and, you guessed it, KISS.
“As I had children, it became more difficult to have a great meal,” Stanley said. “You basically wound up with cardboard pizza surrounded by people playing video games. We wanted to create an atmosphere where you could celebrate what we all love, classic rock, with a staff that you can call your friends. People continue to come back to Rock and Brews because it’s a social hub.”
The menu has been described by Stanley as “fabulous comfort food.” Selections include fish tacos, pizza and burgers, and diners can sample more than 80 craft brews. The Colony location will incorporate region-specific favorites such as chicken fried steak with white gravy.
Stanley will be in The Colony in January when the restaurant is slated to open. The eatery’s launch will include a benefit for veterans with Stanley leading the pledge of allegiance.
“I’m there to shake hands and to make sure the vets have a great time,” he added. “I’m a firm believer that patriotism is cool and we need to make sure that people know loving your country and championing your soldiers is an obligation and an honor.”
After The Colony restaurant’s opening, Rock and Brews may not be done building in North Texas, Stanley said. The 11-location concept plans to grow to between 75 and 100 locations in the next five years, and is expanding into arenas, stadiums and airports, giving options for more Dallas-Fort Worth stores.
Read original article at The Dallas Business Journal.