The Colony, TX –  Gene Simmons was back in Texas to celebrate the grand opening of his latest Rock and Brews restaurant with multiple VIP events throughout the day.  After making a special appearance last September for the groundbreaking ceremony, Simmons promised to return to open Rock and Brews The Colony in true Texas style.  And true to his word, he’s back, along with Paul Stanley, for the grand opening celebration.

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Simmons and Stanley, best known for their years performing with KISS, are two of the owners of the Rock and Brews franchise, along with Michael Zislis and the Furano brothers, Dave and Dell.  The extensive experience of the group in the music, entertainment and restaurant arenas makes this a dynamic executive team.  Along with the legions of KISS fans that Simmons and Stanley bring, Zislis and the Furano brothers bring with them years of success in marketing, merchandising and creating successful restaurant concepts, ranging from brewpubs to fine dining.  Throughout the restaurants, you’ll notice the influence of each of the owners.DSC_3676-EditRock and Brews The Colony epitomizes all things rock and an extensive collection of brews, from your favorite domestic to a selection of locally brewed craft beer.  The menu is filled with delicious upscale bar food as well as fancier fare.  You’ll find everything from kale salad to wings, pizza and burgers, as well as a collection of specialty dishes.  The decor is representative of all things music and the walls are filled with pictures and memorabilia of some of the most influential music makers of all time – everyone from The Doors to Stevie Ray Vaughn to Heart.  Even many of the menu items pay homage to musical icons throughout the years.  Whether you want to watch sports or music videos, you’ll find plenty of televisions to keep you entertained.  The outdoor seating area is perfect for an after work happy hour or family dinner – you’re even welcome to bring the dog!

The grand opening festivities included a morning media blitz with coverage from local media outlets including KDAF-TV, WFAA-TV, KZPS, the Dallas Observer, and DFW Images, among others.

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Following the official ribbon cutting, the restaurant hosted a special luncheon welcoming 100 veterans and active military personnel.  The program included remarks by Gene & Paul and presentation of a $15,000 check to Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas.  Airborne Angel Cadets is a Dallas-based nonprofit that sends care packages to the roughly 225,000 military personnel serving overseas. Patriot Paws, an organization that helps disabled vets with service dogs, was also represented with 5 beautiful service dogs. Additionally, art work autographed by Gene and Paul was being raffled to support 22kill an organization raising awareness to veteran suicide and mental health issues such as PTSD and TBI.  It was a very patriotic morning celebrating our armed forces and veterans who served our country.

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The evening brought a ticketed public event for 200 eager guests, including local VIPs, with proceeds benefiting Airborne Angel Cadets.  Guests were treated to restaurant specialties and brews, a performance by local band Hair Ballad Allstars, and photos with Gene and Paul. Both Gene and Paul worked the room signing autographs and taking pictures with fans, especially Gene who seems to really enjoy embracing the crowd.

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