“We wanted a com­plete ex­pe­ri­ence— a tri­fecta of the in­door night­club Sur­ren­der, Encore Beach Club out­side, and then this fan­tas­tic res­tau­rant next door.”—

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lit­tle in­ti­mate booths to the side. I call them tête-à-tête booths. It’s very sexy, very so­cial.” In­deed, those booths are Wynn’s pre­ferred seat­ing, and he’s not alone in that think­ing: “I went there with An­drea the week af­ter it opened,” he says, “and there was Lady Gaga in one of the booths, with her boyfriend, the sec­ond night in a row.” The build-out took four months. The white vel­vet so­fas were cus­tom­made in LA, while the stain­less steel and gold lamé leather chairs are from Ger­many. One im­por­tant fea­ture was the brain­child of Steve Wynn: an im­age of his wife An­drea’s eyes pro­jected from above the bar onto a screen be­hind it. “The eyes came first, be­fore we named it An­drea’s,” says Wynn. “We knew we wanted to do a pro­jec­tion of eyes, and af­ter look­ing at so many mod­els, it struck me that An­drea’s eyes were just as beau­ti­ful. So we pho­tographed her eyes, and I de­cided to call the spot An­drea’s. And from there I also knew we wanted to give the eyes a Warhol-inspired treat­ment—change up the col­ors and make it re­ally art­ful.” Le­na­han goes to the res­tau­rant of­ten to dine from chef Joseph El­e­vado’s menu and has found that pa­trons re­act ex­actly as he ex­pected. “When they open those bronze, glass, pol­ished-nickel, and pol­ished-bone doors,” he says, “their pos­ture straight­ens. You im­me­di­ately see peo­ple as­sume the po­si­tion. The guys strut like pea­cocks, and the women float through the space beau­ti­fully as sort of the star ob­jects. It works.” But there’s one other lit­mus test Le­na­han didn’t ex­pect: “It’s amaz­ing how many peo­ple in­vite me to din­ner there with­out know­ing I de­signed it. It’s per­ceived as re­ally hot!” n

An­drea’s de­signer Todd-avery Le­na­han.

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