Well, we all expected him to close the Sahara didn't we? After all, the transformation from an old, neglected Vegas casino to a sexy and shiny new SLS hotel would be too great to carry out while still in operation. But we're guessing the bad economy and high operating costs of a losing property gave the closure a big push.
Still, while the lights go out at the Sahara, Nazarian faces two new challenges. First off, he can't just obliterate the Sahara history entirely. Vegas historians (and us) will probably be on his back making sure that pieces of the old Rat Pack hangout remain, or at least get donated to Neon Boneyard. For starters, we suggest incoporating those Sahara doorhandles into the SLS somewhere.
Nazarian will also have make the SLS different from Cosmopolitan as they are essentially going after the same demographic (young wealthy partiers) with their smorgasboard of nightclubs and restaurants. Lastly, we think Nazarian's going to have to work hard to get folks to this desolate end of the Strip. But hey, a lot can change in three years.
While Nazarian insists he is "shovel-ready" to start renovations on the Sahara, there's no real time line nor is there any real plan of what these renovations will involve. So while we wait for more news, we'll be thinking up clever little Vegas-centric acronyms for SLS. Sexy Little Slots? Sin Luck Sex? So Long Sahara?