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The Nightly Happy Hour At Umami Burger Looks Like A Sweet Deal

Where: 89109
November 13, 2014 at 4:45 PM | by | Comments (4)

Going back a year and half ago before SLS Las Vegas opened, we knew that Umami Burger Beer Garden and Sportsbook would be one of our favorite parts of the property. It wouldn’t be the traditional version of a burger joint, beer garden or sportsbook. The hybrid would, if nothing else, offer something different from other casinos in Vegas.

Since then, Umami seems as though it’s doing relatively well. Despite major cutbacks at other SLS restaurants, Umami Burger only snipped a few hours per night. If there’s been one major complaint about Umami, it’s been the beer prices which begin at $8. Well, they’ve taken some steps to fix that.

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SLS Is Fixing That Broken Elevator Bank In Its Parking Garage

Where: 89109
November 12, 2014 at 12:29 PM | by | Comments (4)

Visitors who drive themselves to SLS Las Vegas and choose to self-park have found that a certain elevator bank has been closed more than operational. And, folks who used to patronize the property when it was Sahara know this nemesis well.

The luggage-laden and the high-heeled can rejoice, however, as the North Strip resort is upgrading the entire bank. The property has closed its garage located off Paradise Road through Christmas to install new elevators. Visitors who prefer to park it themselves are being encouraged to use the garage off Las Vegas Boulevard. Valet service will still be available on both ends of the resort.

(PHOTO: @paperposter)

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SLS Closing Buffet, Scaling Back Other Dining Options

Where: 89109
November 10, 2014 at 7:25 PM | by | Comments (41)

After cutting back hours at almost all of its food & beverage outlets including, most notably, changing its buffet from a daily to a weekend-only affair this past September, SLS Las Vegas is still trying to figure out the right formula between patronage, operations, revenue and availability.

An anonymous tipster informed us on Friday of more changes on the dining front and that "major layoffs" happened again "casino wide." An email to a SLS Las Vegas representative went unanswered until this afternoon. It confirmed the SLS Buffet is closing until sometime early next year. Here's the official response from the newly hired Scott Kreeger:

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SLS Las Vegas Sneaks Out SLS Poker App

October 20, 2014 at 12:01 PM | by | Comment (1)

SLS Las Vegas got sneaky on us last week. With zero fanfare they released an online poker app called SLS Poker for iPhone and iPad. The Android app is still listed as coming soon on their website, but it might be available anytime now.

SLS Poker is only a game for now so there isn’t a real money option. It sounds basic, but you need other players when playing poker. In three visits over the weekend, there were only a few people playing the free Texas Hold 'Em game. That should change with time as people learn the app is available. When we did find others to play with, gameplay was smooth and just like any other online poker game you’d play. This one just came with SLS Las Vegas branding. The one nice feature is that there's a preview section to explain how to use the app.

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How Low Will They Go? Room Rates Plunge At SLS While Delano Plays Hardball

Where: 89109
October 16, 2014 at 2:50 PM | by | Comments (28)

It’s been just shy of two months since the newest resorts on The Strip, SLS Las Vegas and Delano Las Vegas, officially opened their doors. In that time, both properties have dealt with their share of setbacks.

At Delano, underwhelming furnishings, housekeeping delays, and a pillow problem (that, somehow, still hasn’t been resolved) are all contributing to a 3-star Yelp score that surely falls short of what the luxury resort was aiming for. At the other end of the Strip, SLS faces challenges of its own. Operation cutbacks and, now, staff layoffs suggest visitorship isn’t meeting expectations. How are these issues affecting room rates? Let’s take a look.

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At SLS Las Vegas, Layoffs And Requests For Tips On Top Of Tips

Where: 89109
October 14, 2014 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (20)

While working for a new hotel is exciting, it also carries an element of risk, too. Executives tend to over-staff when everything is shiny and hopeful and adjust when reality sets in. Just over a week ago, we reported on sweeping changes to the hours of operation for many SLS Las Vegas venues, most significantly its daily buffet transforming into a weekend-only affair. Now, SLS has confirmed publicly that about two percent of the resort's staff have been let go.

The news started popping up around the Internet on Saturday with one upset employee blogging about his unexpected departure and another ranting about the layoffs on Craigslist.

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Sports Fans Will Enjoy What's On The Tube At SLS Las Vegas

Where: 89109
October 9, 2014 at 1:30 PM | by | Comments (4)

A recent stay at SLS Las Vegas had this writer in my hotel room much more than expected. My reservation was for a Thursday night so I had the option of watching the Thursday Night Football game in my room, the Umami Burger sportsbook or at one of the TVs in-between the table games. The sportsbook is nice, but wasn’t necessary for a stand-alone game. I opted to watch in my room since I wasn’t in the mood to watch while playing blackjack. And, I’m glad I did.

The picture on the brand new 55” Samsung TV was wonderful. I also discovered something that sports fans like me crave when staying at hotels. There are a host of sports channels available at SLS Las Vegas that you won’t find in most Las Vegas hotel rooms.

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There's A Happy Hour For Locals At SLS Las Vegas, If You Can Sort It Out

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
October 7, 2014 at 4:10 PM | by | Comments (9)

Somewhere along the line SLS Las Vegas decided they loved locals, theoretically putting them in competition for the attention of locals' love meter against another Vegas gambling conglomerate. More love being shot our way is fine by us. The first question this Vegas resident wondered was what benefits would be received by accepting SLS' advances? THE CODE, the resort's players club, lists them as:


· Preferred seating and restaurant reservations
· Preferred room rates and availability
· $5 happy hour drink specials Sunday-Thursday 5pm-8pm
· 2-for-1 admission to The SLS Buffet for breakfast, lunch or dinner Friday-Sunday 8am-9pm
· 25% off treatments in Ciel Spa Sunday-Thursday
· Skip the line on Industry Nights at LiFE & The Sayers Club on Sundays & Foxtail on Mondays

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SLS Scales Back Days Of Operation For Buffet, Foxtail

Where: 2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd. [map], 89109
September 29, 2014 at 6:37 PM | by | Comments (39)

Just over one month in, SLS Las Vegas is already making noticeable operational changes. Before it opened, many wondered just how the resort would do on the desolate north Strip. Now, could we already be seeing the answer?

Over the last few days, readers have reached out to us about cutbacks at Foxtail, one of several nightlife venues at the north Strip resort, and the SLS buffet.

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Just One Dish: The Foie Gras 'Floating Island' Of Bazaar Meat

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Blvd [map], 89109
September 18, 2014 at 4:03 PM | by | Comment (1)

After the great fanfare of the SLS opening, there has been an oddly short amount of critiques regarding Bazaar Meat, the flagship restaurant in a hotel of flagship restaurants. So, you may not know that Bazaar Meat is doing some really game-changing things.

Anyone with a cursory knowledge of Jose Andres' dining destinations will immediately be able to discern that this spot is different than his other Bazaar concepts. It is Vegas, after all, and even a chef like Pierre Gagnaire of Twist inside Mandarin Oriental cannot resist the voices that call for a seakhouse menu. Bazaar Meat, however, has quite an unusual steak program. There are two main attractions, both ribeyes, from either the Washugyu farm of Angus/Wagyu crossbreeds (I call them Wangus!) or Harris Ranch Black Angus. It's the higher concept dishes, though, that really show the true nature of Bazaar Meat.

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Just One Dish: Secret Cheesy Tots At Umami Burger

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
September 16, 2014 at 2:26 PM | by | Comments (6)

Come for the burger, stay for the tots.

Trying new casino restaurants is nothing new for any of us at VegasChatter. This writer is a fan of all things cow, whether it's in steak or burger form. It may not be the healthiest diet, but it sure is goooooooood. After ordering a typical lunch at the newly opened Umami Burger inside SLS Las Vegas, I was pleasantly surprised to discover my chosen side dish was anything but typical.

After snapping pictures of the casino the day SLS opened, I stopped at Umami to play a little video poker and have a beer. A friend asked to split a burger and fries and who am I to say no? That first half of a burger was good enough to make me want to return and have a full one all to myself.

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Just One Dish: Banananana Pancakes At SLS Las Vegas

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
September 10, 2014 at 4:21 PM | by | Comments (5)

Pancakes are never a bad idea and we’re grateful The Griddle Cafe at SLS Las Vegas is open 24 hours a day. You’ve heard about our savory taste of Griddle, but now it’s time to get sweet and sticky… and yes, we’re still talking about pancakes here.

Before a recent late night trip to Sayers Club, this writer popped into The Griddle Cafe for 4th meal. Taco Bell may think it has the monopoly on this, but Las Vegas visitors and residents have become all too familiar with this post-dinner, pre-clubbing (or more often post-clubbing) snack for ages. Needing some quick and tasty carbs, I pondered the extensive pancake and French toast menu, only to find there were too many tempting options to decide on my own.

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