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Maui to rock on with new KISS restaurant in Paia
January 27, 2014 - Carla Tracy
The upcoming Rock & Brews in Paia was packed on Sunday with a sea of politicians, musicians, media, Maui Culinary Academy instuctors and others. We all came out to celebrate the opening with rock ‘n’ roller partners Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KiSS.
My friend is a big KISS fan, and was all excited to present old KISS 45s for them to sign. (For the younger set, 45s were single records, released separately from albums, back in the days when people used record players. In fact, record players spun discs around and around and diamond needles made the connection in the grooves for the sound.)
But I digress.
I have to admit, KISS wasn’t my cup of tea in my youth. So I wasn’t starstruck — tongue tied — so to speak, when I met them in the back room, where they hung out. I was even happy to report to the rockers I knew they had played at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles the night before. However, I only knew this because of my friend, their fan.
Gene and Paul seemed very pleased that I had done my homework. In fact, if you google KISS at Dodger Stadium, you may watch the video. Dressed in full costumes, with flaming pyrotechnics, the group was on fire. Gene couldn’ keep his tongue in his mouth and even licked his bass! Their signature song was “Rock and Roll All Nite.”
But on Maui, their restaurant will only be allowed to play live music until 9 p.m.
At the blessing, someone on stage told the crowd they planned to open Feb. 6, and it was reported as such in today’s Maui News by Chris Sugidomo.
But a partner pulled me aside to say it was unlikely, and that they would be better served by saying that the almost 4,000-square-foot restaurant was “opening soon.”
Since the liquor license wasn’t approved as of Sunday, the 250 guests were invited to go next door to Charley’s and drink complimentary beer from pint jars. We also were treated to pupu, but it wasn’t indicative of what will be served there.
When it does open (hopefully by Feb. 15), you’ll find coconut popcorn shrimp, build-your-own loco mocos, and gluten-free pizzas.
Rock on, Maui! Just do it earlier in the evening at Rock & Brews, well before it’s time to go home and get a midnight kiss.
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KISS lead singer Paul Stanley (left) with yours truly and bass player Gene Simmons