SLS Las Vegas Confirms Ku Noodle Will Close, More Changes on the Way

SLS Las Vegas has confirmed it will close its Ku Noodle restaurant as this blog reported first late last year. Ku Noodle will shutter April 1, 2016.

SLS confirmed the Ku Noodle closure to our pal Norm Clarke of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, who says the decision was mutual between the hotel and the company run by chef Jose Andres, ThinkFoodGroup.

Ku Noodle SLS Las Vegas

Ku Noodle is one of many course adjustments expected at SLS Las Vegas in 2016.

Jose Andres has another restaurant at SLS Las Vegas, Bazaar Meat, which appears to be doing well, even given the challenges of the resort’s north Strip location.

We’ve learned exclusively that beyond Ku Noodle, the hotel’s Umami Burger restaurant is also set to close.

Ku Noodle and Umami Burger are the weakest in the hotel’s collection of restaurants, so the closing makes sense as the resort tries to become profitable and shed its association with SBE Entertainment Group and its CEO Sam Nazarian.

Nazarian sold his 10 percent minority stake in SLS Las Vegas to majority owners Stockbridge Capital Partners after an embarrassing gaming license investigation led to revelations about Nazarian’s drug and alcohol abuse.

SLS casino chip

The statue outside SLS is called Sam, after Sam Nazarian. We suspect its days are numbered.

When Nazarian sold his stake in SLS, a new arrangement was put into place so the SLS name and other SBE brands could continue operating at SLS Las Vegas. Rather than continue to pay the licensing fees to SBE for use of its brands, Stockbridge and SLS management are now intent upon bringing more of the resort’s restaurant options in-house.

SLS Las Vegas is expected to widen its dining options, offering more value-oriented fare, to draw locals and value-seekers to the resort. Specifically, a food court along the lines of the Palms is in the planning stages.

Another SBE restaurant brand, Cleo, remains one of our favorite restaurants, and there’s no indication it’s going anywhere anytime soon.

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  • Wally Marshall

    Keep marketing to those millennials as they have lots and lots of free money to spend. 50 year old and older gamblers obviously are not fun to market to, even though they have tons of disposable money, they are actually the demographic that built Vegas, but they are now ignored. Go figure, i call it the corporatization of vegas. GMs with no gaming experience and huge egos, 30 year old marketing directors with no gaming experience, etc. You get what you market to……..

    • Photoncounter

      Spot on. I’m 60. Went there once. Place turned me off even though I ended up $900 pretty quickly, my total time in the casino was about 15 minutes. $5 slot.

      Before I left I went to their coffee place. It took 10 minutes to get a cup of over priced black coffee.

      Have not returned and no plans to do so. First impressions count.

      • Bouldersteve

        They overcharge big time. $8 for a domestic beer might work at the Bellagio but not here.

  • Troy Swezey

    We sort of like SLS and have eaten everywhere there minus Bazaar Meat.
    I was severly twisted mad at the place when I went there for a concert at the pool that hadn’t even started two hours after it was supposed to. And that was after such a thorough cavity search that they even took my chewing gum away. I suspect it was a ploy to get people to buy more $12 rum and cokes.

  • Misslaydj

    poor sls. its so far from ev’thing y bother.

  • greentealatte

    I worked at SLS when they opened and I knew that Ku wasn’t going to last. When they built the Griddle Cafe, they made it too small, Ku took up the rest of potential space and on busy nights there were long lines to eat at the Griddle. I said it back then and I say it again, you can’t make a 24 hour restaurant succeed that is that small, and look what happened, the Griddle left.

  • Bouldersteve

    With all the restaurant failures it time to get back to basics that are proven winners. McDonalds..Burger King and If were lucky maybe a IN and OUT.Another White Castle on the strip would be nice. For those who want upscale how about TGIF.

    • Misslaydj

      Agreed!!! It’s just that north strip needs more folks and nothing is down really down there. I would love to pop into SLS once just to say I was there. I live in NY and I say bring an Otto’s Tacos. Take out the nasty Mexican spot in Cesaers

  • Wolfdog

    Hard to believe Umami is doing a weak business.