The rumor mill is abuzz with news that Chicago chef Grant Achatz and business partner Nick Kokonas might open a second locale of The Aviary in Las Vegas.
The Aviary, an award-winning cocktail bar run by the world's best bartender, could find a new home in the Mandarin Oriental and revamp the hotel's bar offerings, according to Vegas Seven.
Vegas Seven cited various sources close to the project, including an employee at The Aviary's sister restaurant Alinea. Here's what the anonymous employee has to say:
“Our most portable concept is The Aviary, and [owner] Nick [Kokonas] has been stockpiling rare spirits.... Mandarin Oriental executives have also been coming in for weeks, and word is that The Aviary could make for a great rebranding of their bars, starting with their Vegas property.”
While the Achatz and Kokonas have yet to confirm the move, it seems The Aviary might be a good fit for Sin City. The chic cocktail bar is known for having its own ice man and designing a porthole to infuse its craft cocktails which are served with great flair (like the one pictured above).
We'll keep our eyes and ears open for more news and keep you posted on any new developments. Stay tuned...