KISS Legends Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, Kaw Nation to Open Rock and Brews Ca
Indian Country Today
Famed KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are joining forces with the Kaw Nation on a casino-resort in Oklahoma near the Kansas state line. Called Rock and Brews Casino Resort, the concept will expand on the tribe’s existing casino in Braman, situated near the tribe’s Kanza Travel Plaza along Interstate 35.
The casino resort will provide “the kind of experience people can’t get anywhere else,” Simmons recently said on the Today Show.
The artist’s concept of the resort involves a tall skyscraper, as well as a couple large L-shaped buildings, reported gamingpost.ca. More details on the destination will be released at the January 12 groundbreaking ceremony.
The rock legends founded the Rock and Brews chain with restaurateur-hotelier Michael Zislis, and merchandisers Dave and Dell Furano, in 2012. Nineteen other Rock and Brews are scattered across the U.S. and Mexico, including one at the Las Angeles airport (LAX) that opened in late 2013.
In October 2016, San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino became the first casino to host a Rock & Brews, the brand’s ninth restaurant in California. The Kaw Nation partnership with the restaurant chain will give birth to the first Rock & Brews Casino Resort.
Other partners in the venture include Zislis, the Furanos, and local Oklahoma businessman Kirk Williams, and Kaw Nation Chairwoman Jacque Secondine Hensley. All primary partners are expected to attend the groundbreaking, reported casino.org.
“This partnership with Rock and Brews will provide the Kaw Nation with the opportunity to again be the prime gaming and entertainment destination in our market,” Hensley said in a statement.
The Kaw Nation owns and operates three casinos in Oklahoma: SouthWind Casino Newkirk, Southwind Casino Braman and Kanza Casino, located inside the Kanza Travel Plaza at Braman. The tribe additionally owns three gas station convenience stores, two smoke shops, and two ice houses.