As per this MSNBC article.
It was just announced on local news here in Las Vegas this week that the Sahara was closing. They will try to find jobs for the workers at other casinos, but the doors will be shut for good in May.
Although historically for Vegas this is kind of sad news - the hotel/casino itself has been on a steady decline for years. The buffet made high school cafeterias in East Berlin look tasty, the decor hasn’t been updated or dusted in ages and it was really shoddy in every respect. Doesn’t help that the neighborhood in that area of the Strip is a bit iffy at night.
People make fun of Vegas, and disdain the fact that they tear down casinos and build huge new structures to replace them. While I understand the sentiment, and there are always a few good memories attached to any property, the past owners of the Sahara are at fault for just raking in the coins and not re-investing a nickel into upkeep over the years. The Tropicana is another property that was falling into disrepair, but at least they are slowing re-building it, step for step, and it should be quite nice in about 1 or 2 years.
So while I bemoan the loss of some of the older casinos to make way for the new, I have to admit I don’t think anyone in Las Vegas is shedding a tear for the loss of the Sahara. This is one location that fully deserves to be imploded (although no decision has been made what they will do with the property).
Now if they would only do the same thing to Hooters (the old San Remo). That place is a rat trap not known for good memories, just good mammaries.