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A night out in Des Moines last Saturday featured a serving of Detroit Rock City.

Classic rock fans spotted famed KISS bassist and co-founding member Gene Simmons dining Saturday evening at 801 Chophouse, a downtown steakhouse.

A representative for Simmons said he visited Des Moines on business regarding his new beverage company, Moneybag Sodas. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer joined a party of six or so in one of the restaurant’s semi-private rooms, said Justin Amundson, a Chophouse manager.

Simmons launched the soda line — specializing in cane sugar cola, root beer and ginger ale — last month.

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The visit comes days after KISS announced plans for the band’s latest farewell tour, coined “End of the Road.” The group previously said “farewell” to fans in 2000, only to return to the road in 2003.

Tour dates for “End of the Road” have not been announced.

The band said in a statement: “KISS Army, we're saying goodbye on our final tour with our biggest show yet and we'll go out the same way we came in … unapologetic and unstoppable."

Recent KISS stops in Des Moines include 2016 at the Iowa State Fair Grandstand and 2014 at Wells Fargo Arena.

Simmons played a solo show at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake earlier this year, where he took time to post on Twitter a photo of the historic venue’s urinal wall (and we're still wondering about that, Gene).

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