Cake Boss Opening Buddy’s Boardwalk Empire At Harrah’s Atlantic City

Written By David Danzis on March 18, 2024
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The Cake Boss is opening a sweet shop inside an Atlantic City casino.

New Jersey’s own Buddy Valastro will open Buddy’s Boardwalk Empire at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City in early summer 2024, according to a press release.

Buddy’s Boardwalk Empire will take guest favorites from other Valastro eateries and offer them all in one place in Atlantic City. Diners can grab a Jersey-style sandwich or choose from a diverse selection of pizzas and pasta before indulging in Valastro’s famous desserts from his Hoboken-based Carlo’s Bake Shop.

Buddy’s Boardwalk Empire latest good eats at Atlantic City casinos

Valastro had this to say in the press release:

“I’m so excited to launch a brand-new concept in my home state and bring the best bites from my restaurants in Vegas. Buddy’s Boardwalk Empire is another great step forward in my relationship with Caesars Entertainment and our development of fun dining concepts with Buddy Valastro’s Restaurant Group. I can’t wait to open and bring out the famiglia!”

Buddy’s Boardwalk Empire will be located just off the main lobby in Harrah’s, taking over space formerly occupied by a jeweler.

Gregg Klein, senior vice president and general manager of Harrah’s Resort AC, expressed excitement about bringing Valastro’s latest concept to the Jersey Shore. In the press release, Klein said:

“His innovative approach to combining traditional Italian fare with the authentic Atlantic City spirit perfectly complements our commitment to producing exceptional experiences for our guests. This all-new, unique dining concept, further strengthens Harrah’s position as the destination in AC for cutting-edge culinary offerings.”

Caesars investing heavily in Atlantic City

Harrah’s Resort is one of three Atlantic City casinos operated by Caesars Entertainment. The Reno-based gaming giant also runs Caesars Atlantic City and Tropicana Atlantic City.

Since 2020, Caesars has spent more than $420 million on capital investments at the three casinos in AC. The money has been spent on everything from new food and beverage concepts featuring partnerships with several celebrity chefs (such as Valastro) to thousands of completely renovated hotel rooms and suites.

Caesars has also brought Nobu — both the restaurant and the hotel — to Atlantic City, and The Hook, a Spiegelworld production that can lay claim to being AC’s first-ever year-round entertainment residency.

Photo by Doug Benc / AP Photo
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David Danzis is the lead writer for PlayNJ. He is a New Jersey native and honors graduate of Rutgers University. As a newspaper reporter for the New Jersey Herald and Press of Atlantic City, David earned statewide awards for his coverage of politics, government, education, sports, and business. Today, he is PlayNJ’s Atlantic City “insider” and gaming industry expert on casinos, sports betting, and online gambling. David lives in Atlantic County, NJ with his wife and two children.

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