• Prize
    Winner in Interior Design North America
  • Company/Firm
    Celano Design Studio Co.
  • Lead Designer
    Vincent Celano
  • Other Designer(s)
    Stephanie Niebler, Michelle Schneiter
  • Architect
    Marnell Architecture
  • Interior Designer
    Medline Chang
  • Hospitality
    Resorts World Las Vegas
  • Construction Company
    W. A. Richardson Builders, LLC
  • Location
    Las Vegas, NV
  • Project Date
    July 3, 2021
  • Developer
    Resorts World Las Vegas

¡Viva! By Ray Garcia is a Mexican restaurant concept that celebrates life through food, drink, and fun. The design is lively and approachable with sophisticated touches, taking its cues from famed Mezcal bars in Oaxaca, Mexico, but with a Las Vegas twist.

Located in Resorts World Las Vegas, the 8,000-square-foot space includes an indoor promenade patio, a feature bar, the main dining space, a 1,000-square-foot outdoor patio, and a private dining room.

As guests arrive at the indoor promenade patio, the dynamic and lively seating area pulls the feel of an outdoor taqueria right to the front of the restaurant. Wooden arches welcome guests and create a vignette for an unexpected sight: the entry's large 'exploding flower' infinity mirror.

Once inside, the design is all about tequila. The mural from the promenade patio wraps into the bar area and serves as the backdrop for the stair-step style display of tequila bottles; the modern display is inspired by the architecture of ancient ruins around Mexico. The influence of tequila continues with the bar's main design feature: a massive wood-and-rattan piece suspended over the bar that's inspired by the blue agave plant.