Bricia Lopez, called the “Oaxacan Princess” by the late Jonathan Gold of The Los Angeles Times, makes her debut on the Las Vegas Strip when she opens Mama Rabbit at Park MGM in late August. Lopez and her family own Guelaguetza, one of the first Oaxacan restaurants in Los Angeles and a James Beard Foundation classics winner in 2015.
The 4,400-square-foot Mama Rabbit sits next to Roy Choi’s Best Friend, serving a menu of tequilas, mezcals, and craft cocktails. In April, Lopez said she would include a small menu of six items including molé, tacos, and vegetable dishes.
The bar, opening Aug. 28, features table side carts, elaborate bottle presentations, and a gourmet salt-rim program.
DesignAgency’s LA studio created the interior that brings a Mexican taverna together with a speakeasy feel, replete with Oaxacan artwork. Inside, three different rooms, each with their own feel. Diners can order cocktails from a double-sided bar. Banquettes and an elaborately decorated fireplace round out the space, which plans to feature entertainment as well.
Lopez chose the name Mama Rabbit from the Oaxacan legend of Mayahuel, the goddess of agave and fertility. As the story goes, she had 400 rabbit children and fed them mezcal and tequila.
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