Rockin’ food, music, fun and craft beers at Rock & Brews

Last week, we took family visiting from out of town to Rock & Brews in El Segundo for lunch before enjoying a day at the beach.

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The concept behind Rock & Brews started in the summer of 2010 at a KISS concert. Dave Furano, a well-known rock ‘n roll concert promoter (Rolling Stones; Bob Dylan; Grateful Dead; The Doors; the Allman Brothers; George Harrison; and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), along with his brother Dell Furano (who at the time was serving as CEO of Live Nation Merchandising) brought their friend restaurateur/hotelier Michael Zislis backstage to meet their longtime friends KISS band members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. While sipping beers, Dave asked, “What’s better than rock and brews?” Before the beers were finished, the five of them collaborated on the Rock & Brews restaurant concept.

Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons are the restaurant’s brand global “Rock ‘n’ Roll ambassadors.” They also contribute to key decisions about the Rock & Brews experience and expansion plans.

Zislis, a brewmaster, knows a thing or two about craft beer. In fact after graduating from USC, Zislis opened the Manhattan Beach Brewing Company. It was one of the first brewpubs in the South Bay. With its success, he helped in the urban revitalization in Manhattan Beach and built the area’s first and only luxury boutique hotel, Shade, in 2004. His second Shade Hotel in Redondo Beach opened in 2016.

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The El Segundo location is their first restaurant. It opened in 2012 with an indoor bar and dining room, along with an outside beer garden featuring wooden picnic style tables, and a 360-degree entertainment “Great Wall of Rock” displaying legendary rock icons on oversized canvases, along with album art hung on the walls. The lively restaurant has concert lighting, and multiple flat screens showing some of the greatest rock concerts of all time.

We sat at a table under an umbrella and studied the beer menu, which has a selection of lagers, pilsners, pale ales, fruit, malty, hoppy, Belgian and dark beers. Our knowledgeable server helped us with our beverage selection and food pairings. Under “Opening Acts,” we selected Sgt. Pepper’s jalapeño poppers, guacamole toast and barbecue chicken sliders.

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The menu offers eight different salads, and I ordered the Hotel California Cobb with chopped grilled chicken, applewood smoked bacon, artisan blue cheese, avocado, sweet grape tomatoes and a hard boiled egg dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette. Another appealing salad is the Strawberry Fields made with baby greens, fresh strawberries, sliced avocado, cucumbers and red onions with a sprinkling of candied walnuts and feta cheese, before dressed with a pleasing lemon pepper vinaigrette.

Under the Classic Hits section are beer battered Alaskan cod & chips; five cheese mac n’ cheese; tacos and Red Hot chipotle chili.

Big City Red’s are half pound, all beef hot dogs served on a sesame brioche bun with either natural fries or coleslaw.

My husband ordered from the Headliner section a fresh ahi and avocado sandwich. It was served on a soft, sesame brioche bun that had a spread of wasabi aioli. All burgers and sandwiches are served with choice of natural fries, potato salad, pasta salad or coleslaw. Diners can substitute grilled vegetables, a cup of soup, sweet potato fries, onion rings, fresh fruit, or side of Rockin’ or Caesar salad for a minimal additional charge.

The Rockin’ Fit section featuressix dishes under 600 calories including tri tip taco lettuce wraps filled with avocado, roasted corn and tomatillo salsas, cotija cheese, marinated red onions, cilantro and black beans. My sister-in-law ordered the lighter-in-calories dish and loved it.

The others at our table ordered burgers and crispy, thick fries. The gastropub burger was layered with a sunny-side up egg, bacon, caramelized onions, baby greens, sliced tomato and a garlic aioli spread. It was juicy and filled with savory flavors.

Rock & Brews connects with the community through philanthropic effort supporting schools, veterans and active military organizations.

Recently Zislis and Dave and Dell Furano celebrated with KISS’s Simmons and Stanley the “Bar of the Year” award at the 2017 Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Conference in Toronto. The FAB awards recognize the best and most innovative concepts in travel-related food and beverage.

Rock & Brews is located at 143 Main St., El Segundo, (310)615-9890; 1 World Way (424)702-4596; Terminal 5 – 500 World Way, (424)702-1619. rockandbrews.com.

This review was featured in the Beverly Press and Park LaBrea News – http://beverlypress.com/2017/08/rockin-food-music-fun-and-craft-beers-at-rock-brews/

Exploring The New Shops At Terminal 1 LAX

(Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Photo by Jill Weinlein)

Terminal 1 at LAX airport now offers a Rockin’ fun experience before and after a flight on Southwest Airlines. On March 1st they opened the phase 1 portion of their renovated terminal that has been undergoing $508 million in renovations.

Crews’ was at the ribbon cutting ceremony, along with the V.P. of Development for Westfield Keith Kaplan, Rock Stars Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. Restaurateur and hospitality expert Michael Zislis and representatives from the City of Los Angeles and LAX airport joined the rock stars.

FullSizeRender-209Crews’ currently has retail locations located in terminal 1 and Tom Bradley International Terminal. From 2009 Crews of California’s news & gift locations produced the highest grossing sales per square foot of any news & gift operator at LAX.

This esteem team of retail experts were excited to unveil six new outlets to enhance travelers airport experience. Walking through security, I noticed the lounge area has improved and the baggage claim area received a face lift too.

Here are the six new stores and food options at Terminal 1 as of March 1, 2016 –

1.be relax –  Offering wellbeing and relaxation services in 10 minutes or more in a relaxing spa boutique setting. The spa boutique sells a wide range of well-being, facial products, massage accessories and travel accessories to make airplane trips comfortable. While waiting for your flight enjoy a chair massage, manicure/pedicure or anti-jet lag facial.

(Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Photo by Jill Weinlein)

 

2. Brookstone – Started out in the 1960s as a hard-to-find, but useful items and tools boutique. Today, the store operates over 300 locations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Brookstone stores sell games and toys, travel accessories, bath and spa items, electronics, bedroom products, massage tools, and specialty gifts. The store also offers patrons the chance to try out every product before buying.

(Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Photo by Jill Weinlein)

3. I Love LA is filled with fun items to purchase for yourself to enjoy on your flight or to give to those you are about to see at your destination. Kids love this store. It’s colorful and filled with I Love LA items. Soto & Sanchez is the foundation which started I Love L.A. Owned by siblings-two sisters and two brothers – They opened their first I Love L.A. in 1994. They now have three stores at LAX.

(Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Photo by Jill Weinlein)

4. Rock & Brews – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Gene Simmon and Paul Stanley of the mega rock band KISS partnered with Michael Zislis and Dave and Dell Furano in 2012 to open their first Rock & Brews. Today, they opened their 15th location. South Bay restaurateur Michael Zislis with Zislis Restaurant Group (Shade Hotel, Rock N’Fish, The Strand House and Rock & Brews) is an expert at luxury hospitality and inspirational restaurants.

Travelers can pick up a rockin’ meal to go from the Rock & Brews’ “Grab and Go” section or get a table in the rock-inspired setting and dine-in. Menu items include breakfast items with a variety of frittatas served with a choice of toast; Benedicts; croissant breakfast sandwiches, Greek yogurt bowl and more. Before your flight sip a Creole Bloody Mary or Guava bellini, while enjoying in the rock-inspired environment.

Lunch items range from a multitude of Craft burgers, VIP salads, Headliner sandwiches, Front row pizza, Opening Act appetizers and RB Specialties with tacos, grilled tri tip and hot dogs. Rock & Brews at Terminal 1 is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

(Photo by Jill Weinlein)
KISS front men Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley joined Westfield and Crews in celebrating the opening of Rock & Brews on Tuesday at LAX Terminal 1. Pictured, from left: Dell Furano, Rock & Brews; Keith Kaplan, Westfield; Nick Buford, Crews;. Paul Stanley, KISS: Deborah Crews, Crews; Gene Simmons KISS; Michael Zislis, Rock & Brews; Dave Furano, Rock & Brews

5. Sol Surf – Offering the quintessential quality surf wear and lifestyle items from the Southern California brand, an airport first. This is a go-to spot to purchase a new outfit for yourself or gift for the person waiting your arrival.

(Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Photo by Jill Weinlein)

6. Treat Me Sweet – See’s Candies are featured inside Treat Me Sweet. See’s Candies is a California candy and chocolates company making sweet treats with no added preservatives. Many say it’s the best chocolate and candy in America. See’s is famous for 90+ years of deliciousness and friendly customer service. Get a bag of treats to satisfy your sweet tooth before or after a Southwest flight.

(Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Photo by Jill Weinlein)

Rockin’ at the Renovated Terminal 1 at LAX

Photo by Jill Weinlein
(New Rock & Brews at Terminal 1 at LAX – Photo by Jill Weinlein)

I celebrated March 1 at LAX today inside the newly renovated Terminal 1 with travelers about to board their Southwest flight. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Gene Simmon and Paul Stanley of the mega rock band KISS were one hand, with their Rock & Brews co-founding partners Michael Zislis and Dave and Dell Furano, along with airport restaurant & retail giants Crews and Westfield.

South Bay Restauranteur Michael Zislis with Zislis Restaurant Group (Shade Hotel, Rock N’Fish, The Strand House and Rock & Brews) is an expert at luxury hospitality and inspirational restaurants. The grand opening of this new restaurant, marks the completion of phase 1 improvements at the terminal, which is undergoing a $508 million renovation.

(Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Photo by Jill Weinlein)

I had the opportunity to get a photo oportunity with the legendary rock stars at the hosted official ribbon cutting and reception at Rock & Brews. Travelers can now “rock” about the Terminal 1 while exploring new stores that include Be Relax; Brookstone; I Love LA; SOL Surf; and Treat Me Sweet.

(Wearing our sunglasses - KISS Rockers with writer)
(Wearing our sunglasses – KISS Rockers with writer)

“We are excited and proud to introduce Rock & Brews to Terminal 1 travelers,” said Keith Kaplan V.P. Development for Westfield. “Through our partnership with Crews, Southwest Airlines and Los Angeles World Airports, we are thrilled to bring long overdue new energy to this terminal.”

(Rock & Brews fare - Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Rock & Brews fare – Photo by Jill Weinlein)

Rock & Brews debuted in 2012 with its first restaurant in El Segundo, California. Today, the brand has 15 locations in the United States and Mexico and is poised for thoughtful expansion worldwide with freestanding restaurants, sports and entertainment venues, and airport concepts.

(Creative cocktails - Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Creative cocktails – Photo by Jill Weinlein)

Travelers on the run can pick up a rockin’ meal to go from the Rock & Brews’ “Grab and Go” section or grab a table and dine-in. Southwest fliers can now enjoy a meal, cocktail or craft beer before or after a flight. Menu items include – breakfast items with a variety of frittatas served with a choice of toast; Benedicts; croissant breakfast sandwiches, Greek yogurt bowl and more. Before your flight sip a Creole Bloody Mary or Guava bellini, while enjoying in the rock-inspired environment.

Lunch items range from a multitude of Craft burgers, VIP salads, Headliner sandwiches, Front row pizza, Opening Act appetizers and RB Specialties with tacos, grilled tri tip and hot dogs.

Rock & Brews at Terminal 1 is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

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