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Sam Nazarian Withdraws Gaming License Application

Posted by Chuckmonster on 2 Nov 2015
VT reader Sam Nazarian has withdrawn his application to gain a gaming license as key employee of SLS Las Vegas. The SBE CEO was fire walled from operations of SLS Las Vegas in January 2015 after...

Tagged: sam nazarian   sbe   gaming control   

Sam Sells SBE's SLS Stake

Posted by Chuckmonster on 6 Oct 2015
When SBE Entertainment honcho Sam Nazarian announced his company was buying the Sahara, touting plans to transform the aging landmark hotel into a destination that would generate upwards of $250/night room rates, The Vegas Gang...

Tagged: sls las vegas   sbe entertainment   sam nazarian   stockbridge   sayonara   

New Feature Posted: SLS Las Vegas Story Superior King - The VT Review 2015

Posted by Chuckmonster on 14 Jul 2015
Just a note to folks tuned in to Facebook, Twitter, RSS feeds that we've posted a new feature article - my review of the Story Superior King at SLS Las Vegas. Another very detailed review of...

Tagged: reviews   sls las vegas   hotel review   story tower   prison chic   sam nazarian   sbe entertainment   

SLS Owner SBE Pays Up In Kobe Beef Lawsuit

Posted by Chuckmonster on 12 May 2015
SBE Entertainment, 10% owner and resident restaurant operator at the SLS Las Vegas has been mailing out vouchers this week as part of the settlement terms for Lima vs SBEEG Holdings LLC class action lawsuit. During...

Tagged: sbe entertainment   kobe beef   lawsuit   

Vegas Gang #121: Wynn v Wynn, Riviera, Tropicana and Resorts World

Posted by Chuckmonster on 12 May 2015
On the latest episode of the Vegas Gang Podcast we go deep on Wynn v Wynn plus pile conjecture on top of Steve's possible Las Vegas dreams. Also on the docket is the Riviera closure, Yemenidjian's...

Tagged: vegas gang   podcast   riviera   wynn   tropicana   penn national   resorts world   sbe   

Élan: The Luxury Resort Start-Up Staffs Up

Posted by Chuckmonster on 5 Mar 2015
Both Andrew Pascal and Rob Oseland have updated their LinkedInstagram profiles to say they are working at "Luxury Resort Start-Up." Heee heee hee. The conjecture over how the titles will get doled out is settled. ...

Tagged: elan resort   andrew pascal   rob oseland   jennifer dunne   william nisbet   crown   james packer   elaine wynn   

Source: SLS Restaurant Closures Imminent

Posted by Chuckmonster on 21 Jan 2015
A well-placed source is telling us that SLS Las Vegas may be on the verge of closing a number of restaurants, as early as January 31st. It is not known which of SLS' eight...

Tagged: sls   dining   sbe   closures   

Sayonara: Nazarian Out At SLS

Posted by Chuckmonster on 16 Dec 2014
It appears that sbe CEO and VT reader Sam Nazarian isn't a gambling man after all. Weeks after being denied a gaming license in favor of a one year temporary license by Gaming Control Board -...

Tagged: sbe   sam nazarian   sls   stockbridge   gaming control   sayonara   

Vegas Eats Preview: Bazaar at SLS Las Vegas

Posted by Chuckmonster on 14 Aug 2014
SLS Las Vegas is opening in less than 10 days and wallpapering the world with PR that states that the restaurants they are importing from Los Angeles are like awesome. Fortunately for you, most of...

Tagged: vegaseats   dining   sls las vegas   sbe   jose andres   

SLS Approved For Gaming License, Nazarian Firewalled

Posted by Chuckmonster on 6 Aug 2014
In a page directly from Martin Scorcese's adaptation of Nicholas Pileggi's Casino, SLS Las Vegas was granted an unrestricted gaming license by the Nevada Gaming Control Board. The hearings, wonderfully live tweeted by LVRJ's Howard Stutz,...

Tagged: sls las vegas   sam nazarian   stockbridge   rob oseland   sbe entertainment   

Vegas Eats Preview: Cleo at SLS Las Vegas

Posted by Chuckmonster on 30 Jul 2014
SLS Las Vegas is opening in August and wallpapering the world with PR that states that the restaurants they are importing from Los Angeles are, like, awesome. Fortunately for you, most of the VT staff...

Tagged: vegaseats   dining   reviews   cleo   danny elmaleh   sls las vegas   sbe   

Even More SLS Interior Photos!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 20 Jun 2014
The hits keep coming, thanks to SLS Las Vegas / SBE Entertainment Design and Construction Manager Joseph Sharaf's delicious Instagram account. Do you remember when we mentioned the disco floor at the entrance? Here is...

Tagged: sls   interiors   casino   design   sbe   

SLS: The Slots and Tables Have Arrived

Posted by Chuckmonster on 18 Jun 2014
The slots and table games have arrived on the SLS Las Vegas' casino floor. Speaking of deliveries, when does Sam Nazarian's gaming license arrive?...

Tagged: sbe   sls   casino   slots   games   ferrets   

Vegas Eats Preview: Umami Burger at SLS Las Vegas

Posted by Chuckmonster on 17 Jun 2014
SLS Las Vegas is opening in August and wallpapering the world with PR that states that they are importing from Los Angeles are like awesome. Fortunately for you, most of the VT staff lives in...

Tagged: vegas eats   preview   umami burger   dining   reviews   sls las vegas   sbe   

Truth In Advertising Dept: SLS Misrepresents Location Yet Again

Posted by Chuckmonster on 30 May 2014
SLS Las Vegas already has a track record of misrepresenting its location to anyone whose money they seek (bending the truth to rope in Chinese investors) and now they're doing it to you. Exhibit C: ...

Tagged: sls   location   sbe   fraud   

Vegas Eats Preview: The Griddle Cafe at SLS Las Vegas

Posted by Chuckmonster on 28 May 2014
SLS Las Vegas is opening on Labor Day Weekend with great fanfare, trumpeting to the universe how incredibly awesome the stable of eateries they are importing from Los Angeles will be. Like, totally awesome. Fortunately...

Tagged: vegas eats   griddle cafe   dining   reviews   sls las vegas   sbe   pancakes   

New Feature Posted: Inside Rob Oseland, Hard Hat Touring The SLS Las Vegas

Posted by Chuckmonster on 20 May 2014
Just a quick note to those tuned into the RSS and @vegastripping Twitter account that we've posted a very special feature article Inside Rob Oseland - Hard Hat Touring The SLS Las Vegas. During VT10 weekend...

Tagged: sls las vegas   rob oseland   sbe   admiral   twht   

Take A Peek Inside SLS Las Vegas Casino Floor

Posted by Chuckmonster on 3 Dec 2013
SLS Las Vegas has stated that they will slot themselves into the market by targeting locals and tourists who fit the "just below luxury" price point, roughly equivalent to a four star rating. So what does...

Tagged: sls las vegas   sbe   jose andres   casino   bazaar   renderings   roger thomas   

Where We Profile SLS's Profile Of Our Profile Of SLS

Posted by Chuckmonster on 26 Jun 2013
The SLS Hotel has a blog, upon which they've shared Blackjacker1979's fabulous post from yesterday. This is our post acknowledging their post about our post. Isn't that how the internet echo box works? We write something...

Tagged: sls   sbe entertainment   sam nazarian   echobox   marketing   

Why The SLS Might Become Something...

Posted by Blackjacker1979 on 24 Jun 2013
It's a very open secret that Sahara honcho Sam Nazarian's projects live in a cloud of media hype. From bit pieces about his growing nightclub empire to full on fluff (seemingly annual) LA Times featurette,...

Tagged: sls   sahara   renovations   sam nazarian   sbe entertainment   north strip   

SLS Demolition Takes Towers To Steel

Posted by Chuckmonster on 3 Jun 2013
It appears that the Visas for cash check has cleared. The transition of the historic Sahara into the shiny new SLS Hotel Las Vegas is in full roar mode with demolition crews dismantling the exterior filigree...

Tagged: sls   sbe   sahara   construction   

Monte Carlo Frontage Renovations Underway

Posted by Chuckmonster on 3 Jun 2013
Finally... nearly two years since we uncovered the project subsequently connected the dots to the NYNY stadium announcement, Monte Carlo has begun demolition of the north entrance plaza. This space will become a Double Barrel Roadhouse,...

Tagged: monte carlo   construction   double barrel   sbe   the park   

The SLS Las Vegas Construction Cam

Posted by Chuckmonster on 23 May 2013
Sahara demolition is in full swing. To help sbe keep their eyes on the balls, they've mounted a SLS construction cam on the side of the hotel tower. Check it out here SLS Construction Camera....

Tagged: sls   sahara   sbe entertainment   sam nazarian   sahara   construction   

Vegas Gang #90: Quad, D, Cults, Linq and Nazarian

Posted by Chuckmonster on 16 May 2013
New Vegas Gang Episode #90 has been posted and features discussion about The Quad, The D, cults of personality in the casino industry and some highlights from the RD&E including Dr. Dave's panel with Linq...

Tagged: vegas gang   podcast   the quad   the d   linq   sam nazarian   sbe   sls   

SLS: SBE Gets The Cash

Posted by Chuckmonster on 13 Feb 2013
And, like clockwork, sbe has unfurled their PR cannons to blast the news that they have secured the last $115 million in funds via the EB-5 program. With much relish, Sam Nazarian stated that they got...

Tagged: sbe   sls   sam nazarian   

SBE Misrepresenting Facts To SLS Investors, Again

Posted by Chuckmonster on 11 Feb 2013
Can you spot the errors in this SLS Las Vegas rendering put forth by sbe entertianment? From the "Buyer Beware" department comes this rendering of the SLS Las Vegas shown off to potential SLS EB-5 'visas...

Tagged: sls   sbe   sam nazarian   

SLS Has A Fancy Chinese Website And No Funding

Posted by Chuckmonster on 7 Feb 2013
FiveHundy reminds us via Twitter that the deadline for SLS to complete its funding is night (if not passed.) A little internet digging revealed that SLS has built a fancy Chinese website in...

Tagged: sls funding   sam nazarian   sbe   quantum teledildonics   

SLS Las Vegas Dining, Nightclubs, Funding Plan Revealed

Posted by Chuckmonster on 13 Dec 2012
The SLS Las Vegas, the proposed renovation of the shuttered Sahara, can't raise the last $115m required to get the job started. Despite having $300m of J.P. Morgan's cash in escrow, more smoke machines than Iron...

Tagged: sls las vegas   sam nazarian   sbe   quantum teledildonics   

SBE Can't Raise SLS Cash, Extends Escrow

Posted by Chuckmonster on 16 Nov 2012
One could say that the story of SLS Las Vegas is a good indicator on how Vegas fans should rate their media. One one side, there are those who trumpet the hype, ask no...

Tagged: sbe entertainment   sam nazarian   sahara   

THEpoll: Will SLS Las Vegas Open?

Posted by Chuckmonster on 21 May 2012
So whaddya think... will SLS Las Vegas get its financing, get its construction in order and open to the public by their planned 2014 date? SLS Las Vegas: Will It Open? Yes, effortlessly in 2014 Yes,...

Tagged: thepoll   sls las vegas   sbe   sam nazarian   

Another SLS Rendering

Posted by Chuckmonster on 17 May 2012
sbe has updated the SLS Las Vegas website to include a gigantic rendering of SLS' proposed strip frontage. NASCAR Cafe to become "The Bazaar by Jose Andres." Interesting. Strip side sushi with Katsuya....

Tagged: sbe   sls   renderings   

SLS Architectural Model Unveiled

Posted by Chuckmonster on 17 May 2012
The Las Vegas Sun has posted a puff piece on the SLS which does include one gem - a photo of the architectural model for SLS. The differences between the linked model and the Bing birds...

Tagged: sbe   sahara   sls las vegas   

SLS Las Vegas: First Interior Renderings

Posted by Chuckmonster on 3 May 2012
An anonymous tipster has sent us a rendering of the porte cochere entrance to the proposed SLS Las Vegas. Not only are they going after the Cosmopolitan's market segment, they're stealing their design sensibility too. We assume...

Tagged: sls   renderings   sbe   sam nazarian   

SLS Las Vegas: Anatomy Of A Press Release

Posted by Chuckmonster on 1 May 2012
Yesterday, sbe sent out a press release touting their partial funding of the SLS Las Vegas project to the big media. As expected, most gulped down the whole steaming load without asking any questions...

Tagged: sls las vegas   sbe   sam nazarian   sahara   

Peekaboo: The New Venetian Sportsbook

Posted by Chuckmonster on 1 Nov 2011
VT superfriend @Mitzula just sent us this groovy video preview of the new Cantor sports book at the Venetian. Check it out: What? No faux Italianate flourishes or papier-mache statues of legendary bocce players? ...

Tagged: venetian   sportsbetting   

Exclusive: Hyde Bellagio Is

Posted by Chuckmonster on 21 Oct 2011
Dateline: Dagobah. Here's an exclusive. And by exclusive I mean excluding everyone. And by here I mean Hyde Bellagio. Huh whuh? You remember that post earlier this week wherein we all looked at...

Tagged: bellagio   sbe   hyde lounge bellagio   sam nazarian   

SBE Shows Off Hyde Lounge To Everyone But Us cc: Sam Nazarian

Posted by Chuckmonster on 18 Oct 2011
Last week, SBE Entertainment and MGM Resorts International sent invitations to preview the Hyde Lounge at Bellagio to a handful of folks, but not us. The invitations consisted of three computer renderings posted below. For...

Tagged: bellagio   hyde lounge   sbe entertainment   sam nazarian   

For Sam Came Down From The Mountain, And All Became Well With The World

Posted by Chuckmonster on 16 Sep 2011
Earlier today, a commenter with the handle "SamNazarian" posted a response to How Sam Nazarian Spent The Sahara Liquidation Money. Well i have to say that i have finnaly submitted to responding to your hilariuos blogs...

Tagged: sam nazarian   sbe   sahara   

How Sam Nazarian Spent The Sahara Liquidation Money

Posted by Chuckmonster on 15 Sep 2011
I'm confident that VT's griping about Sahara's skanky parking garage and hell hole of a hotel embarrassed SBE honchos so much that they brought in a cleaning crew and tried to make some other minor...

Tagged: sahara   sam nazarian   sbe   

Peekaboo: Hyde Lounge at Bellagio Floor Plan

Posted by Chuckmonster on 12 Aug 2011
An anonymous tipster pointed us to a hand drawn floorplan of the forthcoming Hyde Lounge at Bellagio. For the sake of neatness and my inability to remember anything unless I write it down, I've...

Tagged: bellagio   hyde lounge   sbe entertainment   

SBE Plans Umami Burger For Vegas... But Where?

Posted by Chuckmonster on 11 Aug 2011
A few months ago, in the wake of the Sahara closure, SBE Entertainment's head toolsmith Sam Nazarian announced an investment into local Los Angeles burger joint Umami Burger. In the last three years or...

Tagged: umami burger   bellagio   sbe   sam nazarian   

Fontana Lounge At Bellagio Closes Forever July 5

Posted by Chuckmonster on 4 Jun 2011
Bellagio has updated their online fact sheet with the closing date of Fontana Lounge, which has been pushed back to July 5th, 2011. The original closing date was rumored to be late April, which...

Tagged: bellagio   fontana lounge   hyde lounge   sbe   nightlife   sam nazarian   

Sahara Garage Sale / Liquidation Starts June 16th

Posted by Chuckmonster on 2 Jun 2011
Thanks to VT reader NeverJustJ's posting on The Board, we now know all we need to know about the coming liquidation of all of Sahara's assets. Everything must go... gigantic Hobart mixers, to stainless steel kitchen...

Tagged: sahara closing   sam nazarian   sbe   

Vegas Gang #61: Sahara Post-Mortem and More

Posted by Chuckmonster on 26 May 2011
On the latest episode of the Vegas Gang podcast, the gang takes on the Sahara's closing from all angles... bringing the same insight to the game that predicted Nazarian/SBE would be a failure from the...

Tagged: vegas gang podcast   vegas internet mafia family picnic   sahara   wynn   sbe   sam nazarian   

SBE Sells Club Sahara Assets To MGM

Posted by Chuckmonster on 28 Apr 2011
Let the liquidation begin! SBE Entertainment has sold the contents of the Club Sahara players club (a gigantic database filled with the contact information of anyone who has stayed or played at Sahara and...

Tagged: sahara   sbe   mlife   murren   sam nazarian   sls las vegas   circus circus   

Sahara To Be Demolished*, SLS Hotel Opening 2014

Posted by Chuckmonster on 13 Apr 2011
SBE honcho Sam Nazarian has definitely learned the Steve Wynn Style of how to use newspaper column inches to his advantage. This time, he gets the Los Angeles Times to trumpet him as...

Tagged: sahara   sam nazarian   sbe   

Sahara's Final Days : Shareef Don't Like It

Posted by Chuckmonster on 11 Apr 2011
The king told the boogie men they had to make that raga drop. The Sahara is closing on May 16th. We stopped by recently to say sayonara as well as document what the place looked...

Tagged: sahara   closing   sbe entertainment   

Introducing 'The Executives'

Posted by Chuckmonster on 25 Mar 2011
Hospitality Leaders MGM Resorts and sbe Join Forces to Launch Global Platform...

Tagged: the executives   sbe   sam nazarian   murren   mgm resorts   

Hyde Lounge At Bellagio Peekaboo

Posted by Chuckmonster on 22 Mar 2011
One of the designers involved with transforming Bellagio's Fontana Lounge into SBE's Sahara killing nightclub Hyde Lounge has posted a rendering under the nom de plume "X Lounge" to their website. Yeah, you're sneaky. Here's...

Tagged: bellagio   fontana lounge   hyde lounge   nightclubs   sbe   

The Sahara Is Closing

Posted by Chuckmonster on 10 Mar 2011
We've been hearing rumblings through Las Vegas public relations channels that an announcement about the future of the Sahara will be released to the press tomorrow morning, Friday March 11, 2011. The announcement, as we deduced...

Tagged: sahara   closing   sbe entertainment   

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