It normally takes about four hours to make the drive from Las Vegas to Palm Springs, but a new Downtown restaurant brings the laid-back vibe, desert modernism, and pastel pops of color that seem like they’re right out of a psychedelic version of Coachella-esque Southern California.
Corner Bar Management — the company from Ryan Doherty behind Fremont East favorites Commonwealth, Park on Fremont, Discopussy, and Lucky Day, as well as Oddwood at Area15 — teamed up with Justin Kingsley Hall and Kim Owens of the Arts District’s Main St. Provisions; Jolene Mannina of Vegas Test Kitchen next door to Fergusons; and Max Solano, a beverage and cocktail program consultant, on the project.
Peyote’s desert oasis at Fergusons Downtown comes with a patio dotted with more than 200 cactus and succulents, light mint green tables, bubblegum pink chairs, and the centerpiece, a fire pit surrounded by a semi-circle of pink seating and wooden Adirondack chairs. While brunch on Fridays through Sundays that starts at noon gives diners a daytime glimpse of the setting, by night a neon sign flickering Peyote and a custom 3D-mapped LED bistro-light installation created by San Francisco-based artist Keegan Arthur Olton brings the patio to life by night. Most of the cooking takes place at an outdoor kitchen, and that space features a colorful wavy mural in pale greens, soft corals, and other colors inspired by the desert by Las Vegas artist Eric Vozzola.
Inside, the 3,400-square-foot interior brings together a neon sign that says, “You’re a daisy if you do,” a fashionable phrase that dates back to the late 1870s and probably became more well-known in modern times when Val Kilmer gave it a resurgence when he starred in 1993’s Tombstone as Doc Holliday. An eclectic collection of paintings from artists such as Brazilian artist Rafael Silveira and French contemporary artist Bruno Pontiroli decorate the walls with a cyclops carrying a woman, a hippo practically swallowing a person, a blank man’s face with a pink flamingo, a tree with parrots, a woman with blue hair and flowers on her face, and more. More boxes with succulents, floral displays, a mosaic tile under the bar, exposed vents, and metal and wood stools outfit the space.