When Vision 360 agreed to work on KGB, the gourmet burger and vodka bar at Harrah’s Las Vegas that opened last summer, the Dallas-based architecture and interior design firm knew it had a challenge on its hands.
In addition to executing the vision of celebrity chef Kerry Simon, who has appeared on shows such as Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” the company needed to overcome design challenges including the need to separate the previous two restaurants that had occupied KGB’s 3,500 sq ft space.
“They were looking for a sexy, hip, fun and energetic vibe,” Vision 360 CEO Brad Belletto said of the direction he received from Harrah’s and Simon in advance of the project. “Christophe Jorcin, vice president of food and beverage at Harrah’s, conceived the KGB Russian spy theme.”
The 156-seat restaurant, which serves lunch and dinner seven days a week, also includes design highlights such as a 10 ft long vodka bar made of ice, a hammer-and-sickle chandelier in the chef’s dining room, reclaimed wood, custom leather tile and custom artwork from Dallas firm Clayton Everett Design and Alex Barron, who created the pieces while attending Dallas’ arts-focused Booker T. Washington High School.
Vision 360 also finished the project in just seven weeks and 2% under budget, which was less than US$400,000. Belletto credited onsite supervision of the final installation and strong relationships with manufacturers.
In the end, Belletto’s hope for guests’ takeaway from the restaurant’s design is simple.
“KGB is a fun and energetic atmosphere to enjoy great food and drinks and a hip place to escape for a great experience,” Belletto said.