Celano Design Studio has a long and successful career in designing some of the most beautiful restaurants in the world and has announced the arrival of two new restaurants to open this summer. Developed by Resorts World Las Vegas – the resort’s highly anticipated opening on June 24th – Celano is the creative lead behind the design of two of the hotel’s exciting new concepts, including ¡Viva !, a new Mexican restaurant from Chef Ray Garcia, which celebrates life through food, drink and fun; and Here Kitty Kitty Vice Den, a hidden speakeasy in the Zouk Group’s Asian street vendor-inspired food hall, Famous Foods Street Eats. Together with the local architect Marnell Companies, Celano has designed two unique rooms with a lively and welcoming atmosphere, which serve as the perfect backdrop for the talented chefs and their teams.
The design of the new Mexican restaurant ¡Viva! is inspired by Mexican culture and still has a touch of Las Vegas. In addition to a main dining room, ¡Viva! offers an indoor promenade terrace, a breathtaking bar, an outdoor terrace with wooden lattice and lush greenery and a private dining room with the exclusive tequila and mezcal collection from Viva !.
“When designing ¡Viva! We wanted to create a collection of spaces with individual atmospheres that are unique and yet come together to tell the same story – one that represents the vibrant culture and tradition of Mexico and the regional modern Mexican cuisine for which Chef Ray Garcia is known as he is celebrating its location in the heart of Las Vegas, ”said Vincent Celano, Founder and CEO of Celano Design Studio. “We have taken natural elements like wood and green and combined them with vibrant colors and artwork to create a layered and rich experience full of texture, festivity and life. There’s nothing like it in Vegas. “
One of the highlights of the room is an infinity mirror with exploding flowers, which doubles as an art installation and an interactive Instagrammable experience. the main bar with a bottle display influenced by the architecture of ancient ruins in Mexico; a dazzling driftwood sculpture that resembles a flowering tree in the center of the dining room; and a vibrant mural designed by Chalk & Brush of Miami, inspired by the culture, landscape, architecture and patterns of Mexico. It serves as the backdrop for the promenade terrace inside and the bar inside.
Here Kitty Kitty Vice Den
To find Here Kitty Kitty Vice Den, guests must first visit Ms. Meow’s Mamak Stall, located on Famous Foods Street Eats. Similar to the Mamak stalls in Singapore and Malaysia, this small retail store features shelves of Asian snacks, games, and beverages, as well as a unique shelf of lucky cat sculptures that serves as an unexpected entrance to Here Kitty Kitty.
“With Here Kitty Kitty, our goal was to create an exclusive cocktail bar that serves as a break where guests can pause and plan their evening or stay with Mrs. Meow and drink,” said Celano. “We have overlaid design features such as an industrial bar, wooden rafters and brick walls with cultural Chinese elements to create a rich atmosphere with varied and authentic accents.”
The intimate 800 square meter space features a bar with a library of glowing liquor bottles and a lounge area that exudes a pleasant warmth perfect for late night drinking and socializing. Here Kitty Kitty uses a mix of traditional Chinese, industrial, and modern design elements to create the feeling that the space has been carefully built and curated over time. Metal cocktail tables are paired with hand-painted Chinese stools, while the walls are adorned with neon tigers, a tiger mural, a traditional Chinese children’s poem in Mandarin, and worn Chinese advertisements.