On the heels of CinemaCon wrapping up in Las Vegas with its headlining-making appearances from Oprah Winfrey, Harrison Ford and the solid of Barbie, Tao Group Hospitality (creators of Tao, Magnificence & Essex and Lavo in L.A., NYC and Las Vegas) are placing the very last touches on their newest reveal, Cathédrale at Aria Resort and On line casino, debuting Could 1.
Designed by Rockwell Group, who additionally created the unique Cathédrale on New York Metropolis’s Decrease East Aspect in 2019, the 266-seat Las Vegas iteration attracts its “wow” card from a theatrical ceiling set up by Willowlamp, a South African sculptural lighting designer. The murals is made from 25 miles of chain and weighs 6,000 kilos, referencing classical architectural motifs utilized in French cathedrals, a nod to the restaurant’s identify. An extra set up over the bar options 22,000 particular person strands of chain and weighs almost 3,000 kilos and is an abstracted interpretation of Invoice Graham’s iconic LES rock venue Fillmore East.
For many who visited Sage, which previously occupied the Cathédrale footprint, the restaurant has been fully reorientated.
Friends arrive via blue velour cascading material revealing a dramatically lit tunnel with flickering candles and carved art work by Portuguese road artist Vhils, resulting in the lounge.
“It’s an actual anticipatory second while you not far away and see the fantastic thing about that first room,” says Jason Strauss, co-CEO of Tao Group Hospitality. “We contacted Vhils, who’s considered one of our favourite artists and satisfied him to return on board.”
In distinction to a long-held Las Vegas principle that passersby must see into the restaurant with the intention to determine whether or not they wish to patronize it, Strauss holds agency in his perception to surround his venues fully.
“We wish to management the setting, the lighting, the sound and take the company into an immersive expertise,” Strauss says. “If you’re open to the on line casino flooring, you compromise quite a lot of that. We additionally suppose that our menu, meals, service and expertise stand alone as a vacation spot.”
Additional inside, the monumental ceiling attracts consideration in the primary eating room, which is lined with blue leather-based banquettes. Nice consideration is paid to the lighting particulars, which guarantee each angle images completely.
“You must sit in virtually each seat and ensure the lighting is excellent,” Strauss says.
The basic, ingredient-driven menu at Cathédrale created by Chef Jason Corridor, who helms the New York outpost as effectively, encompasses French-Mediterranean specialties — with 80 % of it a nod to the unique. New dishes vary from salt-baked Mediterranean sea bass to entire Dover sole with lemon caper butter. Mainstays embody black truffle fettuccine and the omelette, crammed with crème fraiche and chives, topped with fingerling potato chips and Kaluga caviar.
“We added tableside service with carts and a bit extra pageantry as a result of it’s Las Vegas,” Corridor says.
Cocktails might be bottled like potions, seem as smoking teapots or manifest in a chiseled block of ice with caviar.
That is the corporate’s first new restaurant partnership with MGM Resorts, remarks Strauss. “We have been excited to do one thing collectively, on the culinary aspect. We introduced the senior management to New York and confirmed them Cathédrale. After seeing it buzzing on a Thursday night time the way in which it does in New York, they liked it. They wished a scene pushed excessive vitality restaurant that hit all of the markers on the culinary and design.”
He’s additionally excited that the partnership brings a 375-bottle wine checklist and three on-duty sommeliers. That’s one thing they don’t have at another venue.
“Their cellar is so dramatic. We by no means had the flexibility to faucet into that type of useful resource or provide any such portfolio of wines,” Strauss says.
Cathédrale Las Vegas joins Tao Group Hospitality’s different areas at Aria together with Egghead, Jewel Nightclub and Liquid Pool.
True to the Tao Group model, the restaurant will feed their adjoining nightclub, Jewel, with numerous 10 p.m. dinner reservations.
“We have been the primary — 18 years in the past with Tao — to introduce the nightclub-restaurant connection and have them coexist and symbiotically elevate one another,” he says. “This actually permits us at Aria to lastly personal the visitor expertise from dinner into nightlife. And if they arrive throughout the day to Liquid pool …”
With this opening TGH now operates greater than 80 areas in 20 markets, a quantity which was closely bolstered when the corporate acquired Hakkasan Group in 2021.
Strauss alludes to growth of the Cathédrale model operating via areas similar to London, Dubai and Miami as potential subsequent hits.
This opening comes after the current announcement that Tao Group Hospitality, valued at $550 million, was acquired by funding agency Mohari Hospitality from Madison Sq. Backyard Leisure Corp. Mohari’s portfolio consists of Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica, anchored by a 4 Seasons luxurious resort; Centro Canalejas Madrid, that includes the 4 Seasons Madrid; and The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Assortment. Mohari’s experience will come in useful on additional model expansions, together with the lately introduced Tao Lodge in Orlando, Florida.
Regardless of the sale, Tao Group retains a multi-year settlement with MSG Leisure for ongoing consulting, advertising, and assist providers at Madison Sq. Backyard and Sphere in Las Vegas.