Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Farewell to the Sahara

One of the Las Vegas Strips oldest and most famous casinos, the Sahara Hotel, will be closing on May 16. As the Las Vegas Review-Journal notes:
"The Sahara opened in 1952 and was considered one of the last remaining haunts for the Rat Pack. The Sands, Dunes, Stardust, New Frontier and other historic Strip hotel-casinos have been imploded since the 1990s.

The Sahara was the setting for the original 'Ocean's Eleven' movie and the famous Congo Showroom hosted performers such as Johnny Carson, Tina Turner, Connie Francis, Pat Boone, Don Rickles, Dean Martin and the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. The Beatles also performed at the Sahara."

Today the Sahara is best known for its great steakhouse House of Lords and the NASCAR Cafe, which include the roller coaster Speed. The NASCAR Cafe also has the infamous six-pound B3 Burrito, which is free if you can finish it in 90 minutes. Konformist editor-in-chief Robert Sterling is planning to conquer it on May 1st: stay tuned for the battle...

Workers react to closing of Sahara
Howard Stutz
Mar. 11, 2011

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