Wednesday, August 17, 2011

KISS-themed coffeehouse due in Las Vegas

By Kitty Bean Yancey, USA TODAY
Gene Simmons of the band KISS is still rocking after nearly 40 years. The group also has lent its name to coffeehouses and is due to take a Carnival cruise with fans.

Maybe it's the fact that members need a jolt of java to open their eyes after they "rock and roll all night and party every day," as the lyrics to one of the KISS hits go.

In any case, KISS has already lent its name to a coffeehouse in the East Coast tourist mecca of Myrtle Beach. You can order a $5.75 "Rockuccino" or buy a KISS-themed mug. Check out the menu on the website here.

Now, according to the Las Vegas Sun, the owner of the Myrtle beach venue has announced plans to bring a KISS coffeehouse to the ultimate party capital. Vegas, baby. And not only that, the Sun says. An indoor KISS-themed miniature golf course, called Rock'n Mini Golf is due to swing into town in late fall.

Johnny Rock, owner of the Myrtle Beach KISS coffee shop, did not say where in Vegas he plans to locate the venture. But he's a man on the move. "Locations in New York City, Orlando, Hollywood, they're all on our radar," Rock said, according to the Sun. "Las Vegas was the destination we decided to go with first. It's where the party is."

KISS, which has been entertaining crowds for almost 40 years, doesn't miss many merchandising ops. Here's an excerpt from a press release I got today:

"Shout it out loud … the first-ever KISS Kruise: Wet, Wild & Rockin' is setting sail from October 13-17, 2011 from Miami to Half Moon Cay and Nassau, Bahamas on board the Carnival Destiny. On this outrageous ship, cruisers will see two legendary shows with KISS, along with more electric performances by other artists while they party with fist-pounding hard rock all night and live like a rock star all day." Sounds like a relaxing vacation.

By the way, read more about the sailing, as announced by USA TODAY's Cruise Log blog captain Gene Sloan this spring.

Anyway, if that has you packing your platform boots for a KISS-themed attraction, visit

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