KISS's Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons To Open Restaurant in Buena Park

Rock & Brew artist rendering
Hey Buena Park, do you wanna rock and roll all night and party every day? And um, have some hot wings and pizza? Because The Starchild and The Demon, a.k.a. Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS, are going to open a branch of their Rock & Brews restaurant right across from Medieval Times and their sword-clanging knights.

The groundbreaking is going to happen next Monday, March 30th, with Buena Park Mayor Art Brown and probably select members of The KISS Army. The restaurant is slated to open this summer at 7777 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park, which for now--at least from the Google Street View I checked (no, I've not been around there lately)--is just an empty lot.

If you haven't heard of it, the first Rock & Brews opened in El Segundo in 2012 and has since expanded to more locations including Redondo Beach, LAX, Maui, Albuquerque, and Orlando. The word is they're planning about 100 more restaurants in the coming years. Hard Rock Cafe, I think they're gunning for you.

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Ivy Lounge & Grill, A Persian Restaurant, To Open Soon In Tustin

Ivy Lounge & Grill Facebook Page
When Le Yogourt closed in Old Town Tustin at the corner of Newport and El Camino Real, it seemed to prove that the city didn't need another froyo joint. The space has laid fallow for a while since it shuttered, but now a new place seems about ready to open there.

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More Nitrogen Ice Cream Shops To Open in OC

Edwin Goei
Frozen Fun!
These days, it seems that if you're not a former luxe lonchera turning into a brick-and-mortar, you're a liquid nitrogen-based ice cream shop. At the corner of Walnut and Culver in Irvine, there's both. Next to the newly opened Burntzilla, Scoops N Scoops is close to opening. The ice cream parlor, like Creamistry and others before it, will use mixers and liquid nitrogen to freeze the cream, sugar, and milk.

If you happened to be at the Irvine Global Fest last year, they were there. The opening has been pushed back from February, and then to March.

But speaking of Creamistry, the chain that arguably is doing gangbusters in this style of ice cream, is planning to open three more stores in OC, in addition to the handful of stores it has already expanded to in LA County.

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FirkFest Brings Weird Cask Ales to OC...Again

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Pour away!

Drinking cask beer is different than drinking any other craft beer. Instead of the conventional brewing process, which typically ends in filtration, carbon dioxide treatment and kegs, casking gets very specific and very spontaneous very quickly.

Cask beer--a British-born style--undergoes a second fermentation in the vessel from which it is served, and during this process, brewers add additional ingredients to create a beer neither they nor their customers have ever tasted. Things get weird with cask beer, so it's no wonder why Greg Nagel of OC Beer Blog decided to put together an entire festival dedicated to these romantic one-offs.

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Tomorrow, Try Bacon Pastrami at Dog Haus Santa Ana

Dog Haus

During his recent Little Caesar's bacon-crust adventure, Ryan Cady lamented the lack of love for pastrami.Well, lucky for him (and you), tomorrow you can have the best of both worlds at Dog Haus in Santa Ana's MainPlace Mall, where they'll be having a special one-day bacon pastrami pop-up menu.

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Wokcano To Open In The Marketplace in Tustin

Courtesy of Wokcano

In virtually the same parking lot where Mizu Sushi Bar & Grill opened a few months ago in Tustin at The Marketplace, the Wokcano chain plans to open its first restaurant in OC. Like Mizu, Wokcano--which bills itself as an "Asian Restaurant & Lounge"--features a menu of sushi and sushi rolls. Both even offer sushi boats. But as the other Wokcanos in Burbank, L.A., Santa Monica, Valencia and Long Beach, the planned Tustin Wokcano will veer towards the not-necessarily Japanese for the rest of the menu.

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Orange County's Next Afters Ice Cream Will Be in Tustin (There'll Also Be One in Long Beach)

Photo by Charles Lam
I could go for one RIGHT NOW

Rejoice those of you who don't live near Fountain Valley or Chino Hills, because I've got some great news for you, and it's in that headline up there. That's right, Orange County's next Afters Ice Cream (aka one of the most Yelped places in all of 2014), will be opening in Tustin very soon.

Check after the jump for the location.

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Yojie Japanese Fondue to Open in Downtown Santa Ana

Yojie's Facebook page
Swish, swish!

UPDATE: The owner of Yojie has just updated us that while Yojie does offer an AYCE option at the Diamond Bar branch, this planned DTSA Yojie will not.

Just when you thought Downtown Santa Ana is all about the Fourth Street Market and all that's hip and new there, now there's also word that a Japanese shabu shabu joint called Yojie Japanese Fondue is planning to open right next to the Yost Theater at Fourth and Bush.

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California's First Halal Guys Is Going To Be in Costa Mesa

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Central County pulls the win

Good news for all of you from back east. Last Friday, our friends over at Foodbeast broke the news: California's first Halal Guys is going to be in Costa Mesa, specifically, in that chunk of Costa Mesa that's right next to Santa Ana and Irvine.

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Polynesian Connection and Luau TOMORROW in Dana Point!

Hula Connection

The weather's been getting better and better this week in Southern California. But if you want to rub it in to your relatives and friends back East even more, there's the 3rd Annual Polynesian Connection and Luau happening tomorrow, Saturday, March 7th in Dana Point at Baby Beach.

There will be music, dance, and educational displays from all the Polynesian islands including Hawaii, Tahiti, Tonga, Samoa, Rapa Nui and New Zealand. Arts and crafts vendors will sell wares, and most importantly Hawaiian style snacks and drinks will be available with your usual caravan of food trucks.

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