Plans for a new casino in South Mississippi are still on with Rock & Brews, a concept inspired and backed by KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. The construction project is still in motion in the old Margaritaville Casino site in Biloxi -which has been closed since 2014 -, despite the property being up for sale.
The former Margaritaville Casino building on Fifth Street was originally expected to undergo a $200 million transformation to have the Rock & Brews project up and running in the site. However, it was listed earlier this month at $15.9 million through Southeast Commercial Real Estate.
Even though Rock & Brews developer Tom Moore said the owner of the land recently changed realtor, his group still has first right of refusal on any property deal.
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Moore also stated he is continuing to move forward with the project of bringing the KISS-themed casino and entertainment venue to South Mississippi, and stated that the owner “has always had someone that’s had the property listed, so I still feel like we’re in a good place”, WLOX reported.
Rock & Brews rendering for Biloxi project
The construction on the rock-themed casino was first announced in 2019, and was expected to begin in March 2020 with a groundbreaking, which Simmons and Stanley were planning to attend. Plans fell through due to the COVID-19 outbreak at a global scale.
In December last year, Rock & Brews said it will open its first-ever Casino & Restaurant in Braman, Oklahoma this Spring.
Initial plans for the 40,000 square foot casino in Biloxi include a 3,000 seat concert venue, a world tour food hall and a 300-room hotel. Mississippi Gaming Commission adopted new regulations since the casino closed that would require a 300-room hotel and other amenities for it to return as a casino.