TONGUES WAGGING . . . With the proposed Steven Tyler Bill putting the spotlight on Maui's rock stars, now we hear even more want to come here, lickety split.
Yes, word is starting to spread like wildfire that KISS rock legends Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley along with their partners will break ground on a new Paia restaurant and bar concept in April.
The first Rock & Brews opened in El Segundo, Calif., and another will roll out in Mexico this weekend - all part of a worldwide expansion.
Partners Michael Zislis (from left), KISS rocker Gene Simmons and Dave Furano plan to open Rock & Brews in August.
Photo courtesy Rock & Brews
Other partners are restaurateur-hotelier Michael Zislis, veteran concert promoter Dave Furano, and Maui investor Mark Cameron.
"Rock & Brews is very family and community oriented and we plan to be very active in Paia," Zislis informs us. "Our concept is all about embracing the local culture, while making everyone feel like a rock star."
"Great music, great food, and a lively, social environment. A setting that we feel will be immensely popular with locals and visitors alike."
Situated in the old Jacques Bistro site, next to Charley's where Willie Nelson memorabilia reigns supreme, Rock & Brews is targeted to open in August. Maybe Maui should be renamed the "Rock Star Island." Just refrain from taking their pictures.
AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT . . . Mulligan's on the Blue and Fleetwood's on Front St. will throw the biggest St. Paddy's Day parties (see Page 14, for more details). But here are some other suggestions for those who want to get their green on this weekend.
Located poolside at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali, 'Umalu will get a jump on festivities from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday with $5 Bud Light and draft beer specials, corned beef sandwiches, Hawaiian and Irish pupu, and DJ live music.
The beachfront Hula Grill Kaanapali will celebrate on Sunday with mint chocolate-chip ice-cream sandwiches throughout the day; and Chef Bobby Masters' corned beef and cabbage special for dinner.
In honor of its newly appointed Irish General Manager, Declan McCarthy, Makena Beach & Golf Resort presents two different St. Patrick's Day offerings in its oceanfront Molokini Bar & Grille.
The first option is Makena's famed Sunday brunch that will be infused with Irish favorites from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday; and the second is an authentic Irish dinner, also at Molokini Bar & Grille, served anytime from 5:30 to 10 on Sunday night.
Prepared by Executive Chef Marc McDowell, another one of Irish descent, it will feature prosciutto-wrapped corned-beef-stuffed chicken breast with savoy cabbage and garlic-whipped potatoes. The three-course feast also features creamy Irish soup and Bailey's Irish cream brownies with whiskey Anglaise. Cost is $35 per person, plus tax and tip. Call 875-5888.
BITS AND PIECES . . . Maui Mall announces the grand opening of its new noodle shop, Oritsu Ramen, from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. It's situated in the old Maui Mixed Plate space next to Siu's Chinese Kitchen in the center of the Kahului mall.
"We are very excited to expand on Maui Mall's diverse selection of dining," says Charlie Buckinham, director of leasing for A&B Properties.
Boasting 18 hot and cold noodle dishes, such as char-siu tan-tan ramen and shoyu ramen, Oritsu Ramen laboriously takes up to 12 hours to make its broths. Plate lunches, such as loco moco and chicken katsu curry are also available, along with gyoza and shrimp tempura.
Customers who attend the grand opening will be eligible to enter to win hundreds of dollars in gift certificates as well as tote bags, balloons and surprises. For more details, call Oritsu Ramen at 877-0706.
Enjoy an afternoon at Kukuna Kaiao - a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise and the UH Maui College Institute of Hawaiian Music from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Beach Bums Bar & Grill at Ma'alaea Harbor Shops. Dive into an all-you-can eat buffet, enjoy tunes by Grammy winner George Kahumoku Jr. and students and bid on fun items at the silent auction. Cost is $45. For tickets call 757-0981 or visit www.kiheirotary.org.
Tante's Island Cuisine at Maui Seaside Hotel in Kahului is now open for lunch in addition to breakfast and dinner. Just spotted Chubby Vicens there. I tried the sari sari and it was fabulously fresh and authentic and packed with shrimp, pork, okra, squash, local pumpkin and eggplant.