Last month when I was in Las Vegas, I dropped by Antonio Ballatore's new design project — a restaurant inside The Venetian Hotel on the Strip. With a slogan like "Shots, Burgers and Beers," Rattlecan promises a simple menu and a fun environment. The restaurant is Chef Sammy D's second establishment inside the casino, and is proud to offer 6500 square feet of art, good eats, and some rock and roll.
My interest in this restaurant design stems from Antonio's vast collection of art, which we showcased with his house tour last year. He has several artists involved in custom artwork for the venue, and is proud to show off what he can accomplish when given more than a week to rise to the challenge.
Each table has QR codes etched into the wood, and the bar offers top shelf liquor like Jameson on tap. Chef Sammy DeMarco has been on the restaurant scene for over 30 years and has been friends with Antonio, since their days on the Lower East Side. It's no surprise that Rattlecan brings the fun nightlife scene of New York to the heart of Las Vegas. DeMarco expressed that "Rattlecan's focus is on giving the customer a great burger and a killer atmosphere to enjoy it in."
"It's like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for modern street artists," said Antonio.
Artists included: AIKO (Aiko Nakagawa), DEFER (Alex Kizu), RUCK (Josh Glover), LOVE ME by Curtis Kulig, RIME (Jersey Joe), Richard Duardo (Modern Multiples), photography by Kenneth Cappello, KRINK (Craig Kostello), Martha Cooper, and HOW AND NOSM (Raoul and Davide Perre).
(Images: Bethany Nauert)