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A Closer Look at the Art District Plaza Dining Dream

The downtown restaurant row plans come into focus.

The 14,410 square feet of proposed downtown dining, retail and art galleries Eater Vegas has been tracking now includes some very detailed wishlist renderings.

Located next to the Boulder Plaza public space, Los Angeles-based entrepreneurs Jonathan and Eshagh Kermani plan to demolish the former homes of The Attic, Gainsburg Studio and The Las Vegas Ballet School and build a new focal point for the neighborhood.

Art District Plaza

Art District Plaza rendering: Photo - Bradley Martin

As previously noted, the project renderings have taken inspiration from very real and adventurous dining ventures, as opposed to the designers using generic and fake names.

Clearly seen in the digital images are London's contemporary Swedish restaurant Fika Bar & Kitchen and Minneapolis coffee shop favorite Spyhouse Coffee Roasters. The new updated renderings include San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter gastro-lounge, Saltbox. Also visible, signage for a fake concept called Ottimo, an obvious play on Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's real Otto pizzeria at the Venetian.

While these dream tenants make logical sense, none of these companies have made any hints about expanding to downtown Las Vegas.

Art District Plaza

Art District Plaza rendering: - Loopnet

Dubbed the Art District Plaza, rather than "Arts," brokers are also currently calling the site, "First and Main." Early plans still call for 10,000 square feet of fire pit equipped shared rooftop patio space and on the ground, street art, sculptures and potentially a fountain. Dedicated parking and valet options have also been proposed.

Demolition of the buildings to make way for the new plaza has yet to begin, but during an April planning commission meeting, energetic Plaza representatives described their timetable as being on the "fast track."