KISS rocks out with Chesterfield mayor at Rock & Brews grand opening

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KISS bandmates Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley added a little rock ‘n roll to Chesterfield on Wednesday during the grand opening of their new restaurant, Rock & Brews.

On hand to rock out was Chesterfield Mayor Bob Nation, Rock & Brews CEO Mike “Sully” Sullivan, and franchise owner Kirk Williams. The Chesterfield location, at 17258 Chesterfield Airport Road in the Chesterfield Commons Shopping Center, is Williams’ third Rock & Brews restaurant. He also operates the locations in Oklahoma City and Overland Park, Kansas.

The 8,600-square-foot restaurant, which opened for business in November, seats 300 and has a 1,600-square-foot patio that is dog friendly. Spiegelglass Construction Co. was the general contractor.

“It’s not a theme restaurant. Those types and franchises, in general, are really a way to sell merchandise and the food is secondary at best,” Stanley told the Business Journal in November. “The background is certainly the classic rock music we all love, but it’s not a funeral parlor with dead musicians’ shoes on the wall.”

The grand opening also served as a fundraiser for St. Louis Fisher House, which provides lodging for family and caregivers of veterans who are in need of long-term care.

The Manhattan Beach, California-based Rock & Brews chain was founded in 2012, and the company generated $75 million in revenue in 2016, Stanley previously told the Business Journal.

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