The Moroccan-themed Sahara casino that once hosted the Rat Pack and the Beatles has opened as the SLS Las Vegas after a complete transformation. Owner SBE Entertainment Group spent $415 million gutting the casino, renovating it and stuffing it with trendy restaurants. It’s the first major resort to open on the Las Vegas Strip since 2010 and it’s hoped it will breathe new life into the north end, which is better known for empty lots and stalled casino projects. An Asian-themed resort and an open-air festival venue are in the works nearby.
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