Just when it seemed that celebrity chef Todd English separated all ties to Las Vegas he pops up again, this time bringing a food hall to Area15, the 200,000-square-foot retail and entertainment center west of I-15 that plans to offer live events and art installations in 2020.
English partners with the venue to open an unnamed food hall with a menu he creates. A press release notes that patrons can “dine among large-scale art installations, music, performance and other” activities when it opens to the public this spring.
English at one time had Olives at the Bellagio, now occupied by Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, as well as Todd English P.U.B. at the Shops at Crystals, now called just The Pub. English’s most enduring venture, Olives, debuted with the Bellagio resort in October 1998. The Bellagio announced the restaurant would close back in 2013 before a very surprising reprieve. The Mediterranean-inspired restaurant closed for good in January 2018. Todd English P.U.B. closed in December 2017. English was also once behind the menu for Beso, the Las Vegas restaurant and nightclub fronted by actress Eva Longoria that closed in 2011 a few steps away from his former pub.
Other food and beverage outlets at the venue include ice cream shop Emack & Bolios; cocktail and coffee bar Oddwood, highlighted by a 23-foot Japanese maple tree replete with twinkling LED lights; Rocket Fizz with nostalgic candies and sodas; and event partner Hakkasan Group.