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Sahara Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Shutters Two of Three Towers

For the first time in recent memory, a Las Vegas hotel is closing rooms in December, just before the New Year’s Eve holiday. 

A representative for the Sahara Hotel and Casino cited weak room demand as the reason it is closing two of its three towers, but said the closing is not permanent and reservations were still being taken. There was no word on whether staff members would be laid off. 

Last week, the resort’s buffet closed due to shrinking sales. A reopening date hasn’t been announced for the buffet or the towers. 

The Sahara’s announcement, coming on the heels of Binion’s closing of its hotel downtown earlier this month in yet another devastating blow for owners of smaller Las Vegas casinos. 

With the Decemeber opening of the 4,004-room ritzy ARIA resort in the $8.5 billion CityCenter, it just could be the result of competition that may be too much for properties that aren’t tied to massive gaming conglomerates. 

The Sahara is owned by Los Angeles-based SBE Entertainment, which purchased the resort in 2007.   

When it opened in 1952, the Sahara was among the most famous hotels on the growing Las Vegas Strip, attracting mega-superstars such as Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack. 

In recent years, it has become the lone casino-resort at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara Avenue. Although the Las Vegas Monorail (now facing bankruptcy- previous Las Vegas Backstage Access article) extends to the Sahara, its distance from the resort corridor and a lack of development at the intersection has left it in the shadow of other properties.

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Sahara’s Las Vegas Deal for Hawaii Residents

The Sahara in Las Vegas has quite a deal with Hawaiian Airlines:  Buy a specially priced package for Hawaii residents and fly on Hawaiian Airlines and get a 5 percent discount on your air and two miles for every buck you spend at the property. You also can win one of these packages by texting Oceanic Vegas to 32862, or enter online at http://www.KimosVegas.com.

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Monster Hunger? Try the 2-foot, 6-pound Las Vegas “The Bomb” Burrito!

Call it a stimulating stomach bailout…a Las Vegas casino café,  the NASCAR Café at the Sahara Hotel & Casino, is burritorewarding patrons who can put away their 2-foot, 6-pound burrito with a most logical prize – free unlimited rides on their roller coaster that runs in both forward and reverse.  Talk about an upchucking experience…

The offer comes with one caveat, though: Those who accept the challenge but can’t finish “The Bomb” burrito have to take a picture with an extra small, pink T-shirt that says “Weenie.”

The NASCAR Cafe at the Sahara Hotel & Casino began selling their cheese-and-guacamole slathered monster burritos on February 26 for $19.95.   No word on when the offer will end, so hurry on down there when you haven’t eaten in a week.

Those who can finish the monstrous entree get it for free, along with two unlimited coaster passes and a T-shirt proclaiming they “Conquered the Bomb.”

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