Iron Chef Bobby Flay’s first new restaurant in five years opens on April 1 with an ode to all things seafood. Shark debuts at the Palms with a focus on fish, sushi, ceviche, and raw bar dishes sprinkled with ingredients from South America, Mexico, and the Mediterranean.
He tells The Hollywood Reporter that Damien Hirst’s controversial shark sculpture in Unknown Bar at the center of the Palms inspired the name. “When I saw the shark, I knew that was going to the name of the restaurant,” he says.
The artwork from British artist Damien Hirst features a 13-foot tiger shark, caught by a fisherman in Australia, and divided into three segments of steel and glass tanks, preserved in formaldyhyde. The bar gets its name from the artwork, dubbed The Unknown (Explored, Explained, Exploded) from 1999.
The restaurant, designed by Rockwell Group, sits at the entrance to the Palms’ new nightclub Kaos, which opens April 5. A patio that overlooks the new pool.