American celebrity chef and restaurateur Todd English is bringing back his Mediterranean-inspired restaurant Olives back to Las Vegas this fall. Todd English’s Olives first debuted inside of the Bellagio in October 1998, and officially closed its doors in 2008 to make room for Wolfgang Puck’s Spago.
Now, the celebrity chef is making his splash again in the city that he loves, and at the most excitingly progressive time.
Not only is he rehoming his beloved restaurant at the new Virgin Hotel this fall, the modern rebrand of the former iconic Hard Rock Hotel, but he also has plans to open up a contemporary food hall inside of Vegas’ new experiential retail, art, and entertainment space, Area 15, which opens to the public this spring.
Plans to Open Food Hall Inside Area 15
English has also partnered up with the brand-new entertainment complex, Area 15, to open an unnamed food hall that will be serving up a menu straight out of his imagination.
A comparable, modern food hall concept in the valley is Block 16 Urban Food Hall, located in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. It features outstanding national eateries, including its most recent Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, a staple foodies could only once enjoy in Nashville.
District: Donuts is another favorite hailing from New Orleans, serving up delectable donuts, sliders, and brews that are all made from scratch every morning, beginning at 6 a.m.
Other Virgin Hotel Dining Options
Todd English’s Olives will be joining other exciting dining options at Virgin Hotel, including Nobu, Hard Rock’s 20-year veteran that’s scheduled to return with the Virgin Hotel opening, MB Steak, Pizza Forte, Commons Club, Virgin Hotels’ flagship food & beverage concept – a restaurant/longue located directly off the hotel’s main entrance that will serve up a globally inspired menu, an unnamed Thai restaurant hailing from Los Angeles, and a coffee bar from Hugh Jackman.
Hugh Jackman’s Laughing Man company will open up their conceptual Funny Library Coffee Shop, in what’s imagined to be a “communal workspace” that’s loaded with “an assortment of whimsical yet inspirational books.” One of those books will be Hunter S. Thompson’s 1971 classic “Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas”.
Aside from being a communal workspace, it will offer grab-and-go bites and specially sourced coffee blends from Jackman’s company.
About Virgin Hotels
According to Virgin’s website, the Virgin Hotel brand seeks to “intermix a passion for food and beverage, music and culture, fusing along with the local landscape and providing a vibrant and inclusive environment for travelers and locals alike.”
The Las Vegas branch will join several other national locations including Nashville, Dallas, Chicago, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, New York, Silicon Valley, and Palm Springs. Virgin Hotels has also made a global splash with their location in Edinburgh, and they plan to have more locations to follow.
Virgin Hotels Chicago was named the “#1 Hotel in United States” by Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2016 and “#1 Hotel in Chicago” by Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards in both 2016 and 2017.
About Area 15
Area 15 is an innovative new entertainment complex opening spring 2020 that’s a “transformative blend of art, commerce, food, drink, design, technology and innovation.”
According to their website, Area 15 was inspired by creativity and is an “edgy, interactive, trend-ahead mall and performance complex that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality.”
It’s being touted as a “geek-chic playground that appeals to those that crave the extraordinary and desire the unexpected.”
The space will feature unique art installations, out-of-the-box retailers, sought-after dining options, and be used as an event space for immersive experiences, including musical performances, festivals, corporate events, private parties, esports tournaments and more.