AREA15 Announces Kaia Handroll, A New Eatery to Join the Array of Unique Food and Beverage Offerings


Rendering of Kaia Handroll’s Exterior.
(Rendering Courtesy of AREA15)


Chris Garcia Named New Executive Chef Overseeing
All Curated Food Experiences

AREA15, the immersive art and entertainment district located minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, announces new eatery, Kaia Handroll, will open inside the District. Slated to open in late spring 2023, Kaia Handroll promises to be a vibrant, modern take on sushi handrolls inspired by traditional Japanese flavors and techniques. In addition, AREA15 announces Chris Garcia as its new executive chef.

Joining AREA15’s current roster of out-of-this-world cuisine and cocktails, Kaia Handroll will feature cuisine as varied and dynamic as the ocean. Meaning “of the sea,” the concept will offer handroll selections and chef pairings including specialties such as lobster truffle, blue crab and bluefin tuna as well as classic and vegetarian options.

Drawing inspiration from water’s eminent strength, the space will also feature AI-generated artwork depicting powerful female characters. The intimate venue will include countertop bar seating and vibrant, water-inspired décor.

Guests can also look forward to seasonal sashimi varieties and starters such as the Japanese Caesar salad with furikake-parm crisp. Dessert will include several varieties of mochi and Japanese cheesecake with passionfruit caramel. Libations will span Japanese classics, including hot green tea and sake, as well as Japanese beer and whiskey. For guests wishing to order food on the go, Kaia will offer select to-go items, including chirashi bowls with rice, fish and vegetables.

Now hiring for a number of positions, including restaurant general manager, sushi chef, sushi food server, model hostess and steward, interested applicants can apply for positions at Kaia Handroll here.

Executive Chef Chris Garcia
With more than 20 years in the hospitality industry, Chris Garcia joins AREA15’s food and beverage team as its new executive chef. In his new role, Garcia will oversee the food and beverage programs for AREA15’s private and corporate events. Prior to joining AREA15, Garcia was the owner of Vier Hospitality Group which specialized in high-end corporate events for professional athletes, celebrities and more. In addition, he served as the director of food and beverage for Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa where he oversaw 13 restaurants and the corporate executive chef at Hakkasan Group for all Las Vegas and San Diego properties.

A native of Las Vegas, Garcia is passionate about the city’s burgeoning culinary industry. From catering to working in cafés and the 2-Michelin-Star-awarded Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace, he enjoys working with his culinary team to elevate the guest experience.

Kaia Handroll will join AREA15’s existing lineup of unique and immersive food and beverage offerings throughout the District, including The Beast by Todd English, Lumin Café by Elizabeth Blau inside Illuminarium, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at Lost Spirits Distillery, Datamosh inside Omega Mart, LIFTOFF Bar & Ride and Oddwood Bar, Dream Weaver Milk & Boba Bar and Rocket Fizz candy shoppe. For more information on AREA15’s current food and beverage offerings, visit

AREA15, located minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, represents the world’s first purpose-built immersive entertainment district offering live events, distinctive attractions, interactive art installations, extraordinary design elements, unique retail, ground-breaking technology, bars and eateries and much more. AREA15’s curated mix of dynamic destinations—including LIFTOFF Bar and Ride, Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart, Lost Spirits Distillery, Illuminarium, Dueling Axes, Five Iron Golf, The Beast by Todd English, Wink World: Portals Into the Infinite, Museum Fiasco, Virtualis VR, Emporium Arcade Bar and many more—represents what’s next in experiential entertainment. With a robust, ever-changing roster of concerts, events, immersive art exhibitions, out-of-this-world nightlife and boundary-pushing production shows, AREA15 attracts visitors of all ages. Expanding across 20 acres in Las Vegas, AREA15 will soon welcome even more immersive destinations, including Universal Parks & Resorts’ new, year-round horror entertainment experience inspired by its popular Halloween Horror Nights.

AREA15 has received numerous accolades, including being named “Another Unmissable Stop for Art Lovers” by The Times UK, “Most Innovative Venue in the USA” by Timeout, “Best Immersive Art Experience” by USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards, one of “The 10 Most Innovative Urban Development and Real Estate Companies of 2020” by Fast Company, “Best Place for Your Instagram Shot” as well as “Best Attraction” for two consecutive years by Las Vegas Weekly Readers’ Choice Best of Vegas Awards, “Best Arts Hub” by Vegas Magazine, claiming the No. 1 spot in Blooloop’s “World’s Top 11 Immersive Art Experiences” and being included in Las Vegas Magazine’s Hall of Fame.

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AREA15 Announces Kaia Handroll, A New Eatery to Join the Array of Unique Food and Beverage Offerings
AREA15 Announces Kaia Handroll, A New Eatery to Join the Array of Unique Food and Beverage Offerings