The KISS-themed Rock and Brews casino in Biloxi is still on despite the former Margaritaville Casino site being up for sale.
Rocks and Brews developer Tom Moore said last Friday that the owner of the property changed realty firms recently but added that his group still had the right of first refusal on any property deal. According to Moore, the plan to build the KISS-themed casino and entertainment venue to South Mississsipi is still on and moving forward.
“The development is still moving forward and the city is working with us. The owner of the property has always had someone that’s had the property listed, so I still feel like we’re in a good place.”
Back in 2019, Moore first announced plans to bring casino gambling back to the vacant Biloxi property that was once the Margaritaville Casino. Rocks and Brews, a company owned by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of the iconic rock band KISS wanted to expand their brand from 21 national restaurant locations to casinos.
The company named Moore as the projects developer in transforming the old Margaritaville site into a Rocks and Brews casino a cost of $200 million. The 40,000 square foot casino’s development would include a 3,000 seat concert venue, a world tour food hall, and a 300-room hotel. All of the amenities to be built will be designed as an interactive experience for visitors.
Construction was Pushed Back by the Pandemic
Stanley and Simmons were supposed to appear in a ribbon-cutting ceremony and concert on March 15, 2020. But the events were called off due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the cancellation of the event, Rock and Brews revealed that plans to put up the Biloxi casino have not changed.
The former Margaritaville Casino on Biloxi Back Bay was constructed in 2012 but closed in 2014. The 3-Level Class A facility building had a total area of 92,283 square feet. The building has concrete tilt and steel frame construction with a ground area that leads to the second floor casino area. The area is an open space with plate glass windows overlooking the Biloxi Bay.