- The KISS-themed Rok & Brews Casino in Braman, Oklahoma will open on Tuesday.
- It is the first Rock & Blues-branded casino in the United States.
- Rock & Brews is a chain of restaurants co-founded by KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.
The KISS-themed Rock & Brews Casino in Braman, Oklahoma will open on Tuesday with no less than KISS rock legends Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley gracing the launch by hosting a grand opening party at the former SouthWind Casino along I-35 at Route 177.
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Festivities will begin at 1 p.m. when the casino gates open to the public. The event will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, food, drinks, and live music from the AC/DC tribute band Back in Black.
In a statement, Rock & Brews General Manager Bruce McClure said:
“The newly built property will benefit the Kaw Nation and surrounding communities by employing 200 jobs and providing a space for locals and travelers alike to enjoy delicious food and drinks, play exciting new games, and immerse themselves in all things rock ‘n’ roll.”
The renovated casino has 400 slot machines and electronic table games. A Rock & Brews restaurant and a grab-and-go eatery provide guests with dining options. The restaurant’s decors include the “Great Wall of Rock”, a KISS-inspired selfie wall, and art murals paying tribute to Oklahoma music artists like Hanson and JJ Cale. The restaurant also has a stage for live music performances.
First Rock & Blues-Branded Casino
Rock & Brews was co-founded by Simmons and Stanley. It is a rock-inspired restaurant and entertainment brand. Rock & Brews currently has more than 20 restaurants across the United States with seven more expected to open in the next 16 months. The Rock & Brew in Braman, Oklahoma however, is the first to enter the casino business.
By virtue of an agreement with the Kaw Nation tribe, Rock & Brews Braman was given the authority to take over the former SouthWinds Casino and build a new gaming center. The new casino will be the first Rock & Blues-branded casino in the country. It will also create 200 new jobs for the community.
Simmons and Stanley have been proposing to open a KISS-themed casino for years. The KISS Rock & Brews Casino in Oklahoma will be the first one but there is a similar ongoing project in Biloxi, Mississippi which was proposed in 2020 to replace the shuttered Margaritaville Casino on the Biloxi Back Bay.
The $200 million project called for a complete overhaul of the old casino and the installation of 1,000 slot machines plus more than a dozen table games. A 300-room hotel was also part of the plan which has been put on hold since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. But unlike the Braman casino which opens this week, the Biloxi project is now in limbo with its proposed 10.1acre property has been put up for sale.