The Sydney Morning Herald's Mark Hawthorne has issued this report:
Their famous faces have adorned posters, T-shirts and even lunchboxes for a generation, so it was only a matter of time before rock legends KISS ended up on a coffee mug.
Rumours have circulated for more than a year about a KISS venture in Melbourne. If all goes to plan, December 31st will see the opening of KISS CoffeeHouse Melbourne, directly opposite Crown Casino, complete with memorabilia from the band's 35-year rock'n'roll career.
The Melbourne man who negotiated the deal with the band, Steve Agi, is calling on investors to buy into his $5 million cafe and family restaurant.
Agi is a coffee fanatic who spent more than a year negotiating with founding band members GENE SIMMONS and PAUL STANLEY for the Australian rights to the KISS CoffeeHouse business. He plans to spend $1.5 million revamping the vacant Tea House building at 28 Clarendon Street, opposite Crown Metropol hotel and next to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
One KISS CoffeeHouse exists, at Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. It opened in 2006 and displays band memorabilia and sells merchandise. A seven-metre KISS boot marks the entrance, while the coffee is said to be ''hotter than hell'' and it only comes in two sizes - gold and platinum.
Read the full report here.