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Musician-owned restaurants rockin’ Las Vegas

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One of the main attractions at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville is the volcano that erupts periodically during the evening.

Lynyrd Skynyrd announced plans this week to open a barbecue joint at the Excalibur. (“Would you like more ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ sauce on that, ma’am?”)

They’re not the first musicians to get in the Las Vegas culinary game. Musicians are constantly touring. Why not invest in a home away from home, where fans can come to you? Here’s a look at local eateries that offer food and beverages and sometimes surprise performances by the owners:

    • Meet-and-Greet: Gene Simmons
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      Kiss Coffeehouse

      In August, the band announced plans to open a Kiss Coffeehouse in Las Vegas next year. It will be the second Kiss java joint. The other is in Myrtle Beach, S.C. If the local version is anything like it, the entrance will feature 20-foot-tall smoking Kiss boots and speakers blaring the band’s music. Beverages are served from 100-ounce “guitar sippers.”

      A Kiss-themed miniature golf course is scheduled to open this fall at the Shoppes at Harmon Square, across from the Hard Rock Hotel, and the coffeehouse is likely to be an extension of that business venture.

    • Toby Keith and Eric Church at Red Rock Resort
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      Toby Keith’s I Love this Bar & Grill

      Named after Toby Keith’s hit song, “I Love This Bar,” the restaurant and entertainment venue inside Harrah’s offers American food, plus a mechanical bull, recording studio and a stage and dance floor for live acts and surprise appearances by Keith.

    • B.B. King
      Photo by Denise Truscello

      B.B. King’s Blues Club

      Looking for Southern-style cuisine and blues music? B.B. King’s Blues Club at the Mirage offers music seven nights a week. Entertainment varies from night to night, but the Memphis All-Star Band, a group of musicians chosen to be the house band, plays regularly and delivers cover tunes by Ray Charles, Tina Turner and Otis Redding. The Las Vegas club is part of a Memphis, Tenn.-based chain with locations in Nashville, Tenn.; Orlando, Fla.; and West Palm Beach, Fla.

    • Vince Neil's Tres Rios Grand Opening
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      Vince Neil’s Tres Rios Cantina

      Last year, Las Vegas resident and Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil opened a bar at the Las Vegas Hilton named after his signature tequila. The entrance features female statues holding what appears to be tequila. Neil signed the statutes and customers can sign them upon request. The place is decorated with memorabilia and photographs from Neil’s collection of awards, costumes and instruments. And the offerings include the “Feelgood”-rita, named for Mötley Crüe’s headbanging hit “Dr. Feelgood.”

    • Sammy Hagar at Cabo Wabo Cantina: 7/30/10
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      Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina

      The Planet Hollywood and Miracle Mile Shops venue brings the colorful vibrancy of Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas to Las Vegas. There’s a patio with a view of the fountains at Bellagio and the Eiffel Tower at Paris, and live musical acts usually perform on the weekends. It’s not uncommon for Hagar to sneak in for a surprise performance. The menu features Tex Mex cuisine and a few American favorites such as the Waboburger and hot wings.

    • Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Exterior
      Photo by R. Marsh Starks/Las Vegas Sun

      Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville

      Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at the Flamingo is a mecca for Parrotheads, as the singer’s dedicated following is known. There are many bars throughout the venue, including the centerpiece Volcano bar that erupts ever hour spewing margarita mix into two 300-gallon blenders. The three-level facility features a large outdoor balcony overlooking the Strip. The menu is mostly island-inspired cuisine including nachos, fresh fish and the signature Cheeseburger in Paradise.

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