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Paia has concerns over Kiss singer's proposed restaurant

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 12:55 p.m. HST, Jun 12, 2013


WAILUKU >> A proposed restaurant owned in part by veteran rock 'n' roller Gene Simmons has merchants worried in a small town on the northern coast of Maui.

Backers hope to open the newest Rock & Brews restaurant by the end of the year in Paia, a town characterized by its plantation architecture.

The eatery "seems kind of startling in Paia," Rose Potter, executive director of the Paia Merchants Association, told the Maui News.

Partners in the restaurant and bar said it will not be blasting the music of Simmons' band Kiss but will instead be a family friendly establishment that blends in with the community.

Three other restaurants owned by the group have a playground and bench seating for families, said Rock & Brews founding partner Michael Zislis.

He said the newest one in Paia also will be a place where parents can grab a beer while taking their kids for a meal.

"This is not going to be a 'cookie-cutter' restaurant from the mainland and forced into Paia," said project manager Bill Frampton of Maui-based Frampton & Ward LLC.

He noted that the design has been modified by Maui architects and a Hawaiian artist to blend in.

And because Paia has a shortage of restrooms, the restaurant will have more than the required number and anyone will be allowed to use the facilities, Zislis said.

County Department of Planning Director Will Spence acknowledged that the project's design has been changed to fit in with the town's existing architecture. Building and other permits are still needed, he said.

Other Rock & Brews restaurants have been opened in Redondo Beach and El Segundo, Calif., and San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico.







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eoe wrote:
"Paia" has concerns about everything. A bunch of transplant trust fund babies with too much time on their hands - superferry, runway lengthening, cane burning, the list of pet issues that will "destroy our way of life" goes on and on.
on June 12,2013 | 01:01PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Yup. I say build them a huge toilet too so they can flush their meaningless little whines.
on June 12,2013 | 01:20PM
primo1 wrote:
Sounds like Lanikai.
on June 12,2013 | 04:57PM
johndoe wrote:
Lanikai probably thinks Paia is their neighborhood as well.
on June 12,2013 | 09:46PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Ha! Agreed. But Lanikai is pretentious - all phonies acting like they have more than they do.
on June 12,2013 | 09:55PM
dlum003 wrote:
I like Gene Simmons, but he's all about the all mighty dollar. He could give a flying rip about blending in with Paia. Watch out. On the filpside, Maui is already horribly overcommercialized by quick buck artists.
on June 12,2013 | 01:50PM
steveoctober wrote:
Paia's charm was lost long, long, ago. It was radically different than what it is today - a stinkhole of troublemakers.
on June 12,2013 | 01:50PM
Sunny wrote:
Agree, started in the early 70's when wealthy outsiders mostly from the US mainland acquired beach front properties from the siblings of the original owners who had passed away. Most of these local siblings did not want to live a Paia country lifestyle and took the money that was offered for their parents property.
on June 12,2013 | 02:14PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
"This is not going to be a 'cookie-cutter' restaurant from the mainland and forced into Paia,"

Perhaps one of the great lies of our time. The whole point of a formula restaurant is to stick to the formula. Oh sure, hang a few local paintings, pipe in some Willie K and add a musubi to the formula. But, it's still a formula.


on June 12,2013 | 03:17PM
Slow wrote:
Doesn't this more fitting for already cheesy Lahaina? At least Paia is pricey organic free range upcountry goat cheese.
on June 12,2013 | 04:05PM
CloudForest wrote:
Maybe we could all ride over on the Super Ferry to have dinner and a beer - oh, that's right, not going to happen ............. Maybe we could have whale on the menu and attract the Japanese ................. kind of like that idea better ................ Maybe we could actually have a great family restaurant with ice cold drinks and create some jobs ....... what a great idea!
on June 12,2013 | 07:33PM
localguy wrote:
Time for Paians to get over it. Free country, you can't live in the past forever. Anyone who has watched "Family Jewels" would know Gene Simons is a very patriotic family man. He gives free concerts to military, helps others, so happy the USA gave him everything after imigrating from Israel. Let the restaurant come up and run for a while before whining. Give us a break.
on June 12,2013 | 11:14PM
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