Rock & Brews was recently recognized as #16 on Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2017 Top New Franchises list; Restaurant Business Magazine’s 2017 Top 500 list and one of the top rank-jumping brands since 2016; regional winner of The Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Conference & Awards “Airport Bar of the Year” for their Terminal 1 location at the Los Angeles International Airport; and Nation’s Restaurant News’ “The Next 20”, which is a list of restaurant chains best positioned to enter the Top 200 chains in the United States. The brand is poised for significant growth.
“Having a 40 plus year relationship with Greater Chicagoland, we were determined not only to bring Rock & Brews, but to do it at the right time with the right team. We are at the forefront of our next wave of Rock & Brews’ expansion, and Chi-Town is the ideal location for our new corporate hub,” said Stanley and Simmons in a joint statement. “Chicagoans are passionate about rock and roll, and the city is rich with rock history. Over the years, our devoted fans in the region have been very good to us. We are looking forward to spending more time there, with our commitment to open company-owned restaurants and a second corporate headquarters."
Rock& Brews presently has over 20 locations including two at the Los Angeles International Airport as well as arena and casino locations, with more scheduled to open this year.
Rock & Brews CEO and President Michael “Sully” Sullivan, a Chicago native, said, “Chicago and the Greater Chicagoland area is the right place for Rock & Brews to establish a footprint for continued growth. We are excited to bring the brand to the Greater Chicagoland area, with our great food, broad selection of craft beers and our classic rock themed experience.”
The first Rock & Brews in Chicago will open in 2018. The location remains undisclosed, with several lease options in consideration.
“While we work with top notch franchise partners in many markets, we want our Chicago locations to be company-owned,” said Sullivan. “We continue to seek exceptional local franchisees for expansion into new areas in the United States and beyond. As a family-friendly brand, we want our partners to have a connection in the community and an unrivaled passion for our energized brand.”
About Rock & Brews
Rock & Brews is a one-of-a-kind, rock-inspired restaurant and entertainment concept designed to engage people of all ages with quality comfort food and local favorites, a broad selection of craft and international beers, and an energized environment that is reminiscent of being at a family-friendly music event. Founded by KISS front men Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, along with restauranteur/hotelier Michael Zislis and concert industry veterans Dave and Dell Furano, the first Rock & Brews opened in Los Angeles in 2012. Today, the brand has neighborhood, airport, arena and casino restaurant locations, and recently announced plans to develop the first Rock & Brews Casino Resort in partnership with Kaw Gaming, Inc. Restaurant industry veteran Mike “Sully” Sullivan serves as President and CEO. Each location boasts a “Great Wall of Rock,” iconic rock art, concert trusses and lighting and multiple flat screens sharing some of the greatest rock concert moments of all time. Most offer a play area for kids and many are dog friendly. For more information, please visit www.rockandbrews.com.