by Michael J. Shapiro | February 20, 2013

 Hospitality company SBE has started construction on the SLS Hotel & Casino, an adaptive reuse of the former Sahara on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip. The resort is slated to open in the fall of 2014 with more than 1,600 rooms. The property is a collaboration among SBE founder Sam Nazarian, designer Philippe Starck, James Beard award-winning chef José Andrés and Gensler Architects. Among planned on-site restaurants are The Bazaar by José Andrés, Katsuya by Starck and Umami Burger. Four nightlife venues and a 10,000-square-foot Fred Segal store also are planned.