Buena Park gets rock star treatment from members of KISS
Photos by CINDY YAMANAKA
BUENA PARK – With Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons from the band KISS wielding shovels resembling guitars, ground was broken Monday for a rock ‘n’ roll-themed restaurant.
In six months, Rock & Brews, a national chain serving American comfort food and craft beers, is expected to open, featuring rock ‘n’ roll art, a concert-quality sound system and television monitors playing historical concerts. The Beach Boulevard site is about a quarter-mile north of Knott’s Berry Farm, in the heart of Buena Park’s entertainment district.
The restaurant will be the chain’s ninth in the United State and fourth in California, and will welcome children and dogs, feature an outdoor patio and have the chain’s first beach volleyball court.
“Rock & Brews is a rock-inspired, family friendly rock and roll atmosphere,” said Stanley, who serves a consultant and spokesman for
the chain along with Simmons. “This is going to be Rock & Brews’ biggest and best restaurant yet.”
Stanley and Simmons are also part owners of the LA Kiss indoor football team that plays at the Honda Center.
The 1.4-acre property, which was owned by Buena Park’s now-defunct Redevelopment Agency, symbolizes the city’s aggressive efforts at revitalizing the area, portions of which had become run down. The property is among 20.6 acres purchased by the redevelopment agency that are being sold off to developers.
“The place where we are standing right now was once a blighted motel,” City Manager Jim Vanderpool said. “What a great new family friendly attraction we are bringing to the city.”