VEGAS RESTAURANT ROUNDUP: ‘Cake Boss’ Star to Open 4th Strip Location, Peyote Shutters, Anime Café is 1st in US

Posted on: May 3, 2024, 11:43h. 

Last updated on: May 4, 2024, 03:27h.

Buddy Valastro of “Cake Boss” is turning his attention to pies — of the tomato and cheese variety. According to What Now Vegas, the celebrity chef’s fourth Las Vegas Strip restaurant, Buddy V’s Pizzeria, is set to debut at Caesars Palace at an unspecified future date.

“Cake Boss” star Buddy Valastro is reportedly going a little Caesars. (Image: Fox News)

Valastro has already licensed his name to Carlo’s Bakery and Buddy V’s Ristorante at the Venetian, and The Boss Café by Buddy Valastro at the Linq.

According to paperwork filed with Clark County, his pizzeria will cost an estimated $1.2 million to open.

America’s first One Piece Café, based on a popular anime series, will open in Chinatown on May 11. (Image:

Piece Offering

The creators of “One Piece,” a popular Japanese anime/manga series, have opened a Las Vegas restaurant, One Piece Café, in Chinatown. The cafe is the first One Piece eatery in the US.

Created by Toei Animation, the animated TV series stars Monkey D. Luffy, the boy captain of the Straw Hat Pirates. Toei partnered with LA restaurateurs Timothy Dang and Jamie Nguyen, who already franchise several 7 Leaves Café locations in town, to summon the concept from storyboard into culinary reality.

According to an X/Twitter announcement from @OnePieceAnimeUS, the cafe will serve food “based off the Straw Hats’ favorite meals & iconic anime moments.” Dishes include beef curry, Japanese fruit sando, and onigiri rice balls.

One Piece, which replaces the former Fugetsu Steak & Grill at Westind Plaza at 5600 Spring Mountain Road, Ste. A, will throw a grand opening on May 11 at 11 a.m., with giveaways and character appearances by Luffy and Zorro.

Toasted Gastrobrunch’s Las Vegas location at 9516 Flamingo Road. (Image:

Best of the Brunch

Toasted Gastrobrunch not only made, but topped, Yelp’s list of Top 100 brunch spots in the US for 2024. Born five years ago in Las Vegas, where it operates two locations in Spring Valley, Toasted now also has three in San Diego. Last year, it ranked No. 22.

Also making this year’s list were Craft Kitchen in Henderson (No. 26), Seventh & Carson Downtown Kitchen & Bar downtown (No. 34), and Scrambled in Henderson (No. 50).

Dining Ins & Outs

Peyote has closed at Fergusons Downtown, the former motel turned trendy shopping center at 1028 E. Fremont St. The Latin-inspired restaurant, opened in 2021 by Corner Bar Management, is one of the last tenants in the building, which reportedly is being sold by the estate of the late Tony Hsieh. The restaurant is expected to relocate.

La Dole Rose will open June 1 at the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian. Introduced by local hospitality company Gasparyan Group, the café will emphasize what are described as Instagrammable sandwiches, drinks, and desserts in its three themed rooms, according to What Now Las Vegas.

The team behind local favorite 313 BBQ and Wings on Las Vegas’ west side — 313 is the Detroit area code — is grilling up a similar concept for the tourists. Expect Blvd BBQ & Wings to debut at the Strip’s Fashion Show in the coming few weeks.

Lucino’s at 3421 E. Tropicana Ave., once named among the top 100 pizzerias in the US by Yelp, has temporarily closed due to an electrical fire.

The Westin Las Vegas’ Banquet Dishroom, at 150 E. Flamingo Road, was closed by the Southern Nevada Health District on April 24, receiving six demerits. Mimosas Gourmet, at 3455 S. Durango Dr., was closed on April 25 with 14 demerits.