Kiss co-founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley set Rock & Brews opening in Overland Park

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS plan to open their new Overland Park Rock Brews on April 29. They also are planning an area fundraiser on May 29.

The Rock Brews restaurants offer craft beers, premium wines and a full bar. The menu includes “opening acts” like chipotle chili cheese fries, Mexican street corn and Bavarian pretzels; “VIP” salads including Tuscan Kale and Tequila Sunrise steak; hand-crafted burgers and “Headliner” sandwiches like pulled pork or sesame-seed crusted seared Ahi; “frontrow” specialty pizzas; and other items like fish and chips, Memphis-style baby back ribs, chocolate-filled French doughnuts with raspberry sauce, and “real” beer floats.

On May 29, Simmons and Stanley also will host a private luncheon for more than 100 “wounded warriors, veterans and active military,” as well as an evening gala that will benefit the Kansas City VA Hospital and will be open to the public.

The gala will feature a live performance by the Kansas City-based tribute band Almost Kiss, along with a “few surprises.”

Tickets for the gala are $100 per person and include a red-carpet arrival, two adult beverages per person or soft drinks, a sampling of Rock Brews cuisine, a chance to mingle with Simmons and Stanley, and a “rockin’ good time.”

All the gala proceeds will benefit the adaptive sports programs at the Kansas City VA Medical Center. The adaptive sports programs help disabled veterans participate in highly specialized sporting events across the nation by providing necessary transportation and housing.

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Kirk Williams is the local partner in the new Rock Brews. He recently signed the first multi-unit franchising agreement with Rock Brews, and plans to open five of the rock-themed restaurants in Kansas and Oklahoma over the next five years. He also has an option for an additional five restaurants in Missouri and Nebraska.

Prairiefire, a 58-acre, mixed-use development at 135th Street and Nall Avenue, will feature casual and fine dining venues, retail, entertainments, luxury residences, office space, a luxury boutique hotel, and outdoor recreational space. Prairiefire will also be home to The Museum of Prairiefire, featuring renowned exhibitions and authentic artifacts from the American Museum of Natural History of New York.