Tropical Plants & Ivy at Bobby Flay’s Shark Lounge Restaurant
Restaurant plants can add color and life to any eatery. TreeScapes & PlantWorks were pleased to provide replica plants for Bobby Flay’s Vegas restaurant, Shark. It was the chef’s first new restaurant in five years (and first high end restaurant in fifteen years), so it had to be spectacular – especially by Las Vegas standards!
The food there was described as “Seafood and Sushi with a Latin beat”, and the name was inspired by existing artwork at Palms Casino Resort:
Damien Hirst’s controversial shark sculpture in Unknown Bar at the center of the Palms inspired the name. “When I saw the shark, I knew that was going to the name of the restaurant,” he says.
The artwork from British artist Damien Hirst features a 13-foot tiger shark, caught by a fisherman in Australia, and divided into three segments of steel and glass tanks, preserved in formaldehyde.
The bar gets its name from the artwork, dubbed The Unknown (Explored, Explained, Exploded) from 1999.
The restaurant design was expertly done by Rockwell Group, who have also led many other iconic hospitality projects. The Shark dining room “was inspired by the open courtyards found in Central and South America”.
Our artificial plants factor prominently throughout the space, but the Faux Ivy is the most dramatic element:
A covered outdoor dining terrace feels like a backyard, with fabric awnings on the ceiling and vines growing on back wall. Black and white cement tiles in a random geometric pattern add a graphic, dynamic feel in contrast to the warmth of the restaurant interior.
–Rockwell Group, Palms Casino & Resort
The ivy stretches along the walls in a natural pattern that makes it seem like it’s really growing inside the restaurant. We also provided additional restaurant plants: replica fishtail palms, traveler’s palms, cropped grass, and fiddle leaf figs.
These plants are on display in front of the entrance, between tables, and in planter boxes throughout. Lights provided by Focus Lighting complete the rich, welcoming design.
2019 was a big year for us and restaurant plants; we provided gorgeous faux floral walls and a replica Mediterranean Olive Tree for CATCH at Aria, also in Las Vegas.
Other restaurant plant projects for us included a stunning replica cherry blossom tree for Okura Sushi in La Quinta, and artificial bougainvillea and succulents for Shaquille’s in Los Angeles.
If you’re seeking restaurant plants, flowers, or trees, we urge you to consider our artificial creations! Our replica and fabricated greenery require minimal maintenance (no watering!), never die or lose color, and won’t trigger any allergy concerns.
Another element to consider is the scent of natural plants and flowers. These smells are often beautiful, but they can compete with the appetizing smells of food offered in your restaurant. It’s the same reason many restauranteurs use unscented candles at their tables.
Photo Credits: Clint Jenkins for Palms Casinos & Hollywood Reporter, Delish, TreeScapes & PlantWorks
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