Spain's coast just got a tad glitzier thanks to Mark Wright's cousin Elliott Wright, who opened his new restaurant Olivia's La Cala on the Costa del Sol on Monday evening. The fourth venture from restaurateur and former The Only Way is Essex star opened with a bang – and plenty of champagne, canapés, live entertainment and the region’s socialites – in La Cala de Mijas, a charming village known affectionately by locals as La Cala.
Even the owner's cousin Mark and his new wife Michelle Keegan found time in their busy agenda to attend the opening – the couple have just returned from a whirlwind trip to the States.
No doubt the cool beach-facing restaurant, situated 25 minutes from Malaga airport and a short drive from Marbella, will attract Elliott’s TOWIE friends as its owner aims to put it firmly on the map for holidaymakers in the region.
Touchingly named after his five-year-old daughter Olivia, the on-trend eatery is home to a lobster and burger bar and a main restaurant with up to a dozen chefs, as well as a champagne bar and a stage – live performances are promised seven days a week.
It’s already proved a hit with the Wright crowd – former Coronation Street star Michelle shared a picture from the restaurant in Malaga, telling fans: "At the launch of @oliviaslascala it's absolutely beautiful. Well done @elliottwright_ what a turn out. xx".
The image showed Michelle looking glamorous in a navy polka dot crop top and matching maxi skirt, with her arm around her husband who was dressed in a roll sleeve shirt and jeans.
Her sister-in-law Jessica, meanwhile, wrote: "I am SO proud of you @elliottwright_ u have worked so hard & opened the most beautiful restaurant in Marbella @oliviaslacala #inspirational".