Las Vegas, Nevada is the twenty-eighth most populated city in the United States. The largest city in Nevada, the city of Las Vegas, as of 2017 census, is close to six hundred and fifty thousand with a regional population of over two million.
The largest population growth was from 1990 to 2000 when it nearly doubled. It was said the population grew around five thousand per month! It is called The Entertainment Capital of the World with the amazing casinos and hotels that occupy the “Strip”.
Restaurants in the casinos and on the Strip are a huge draw. Many of the restaurants on the Strip are high end restaurants featuring celebrity chefs. One of the restaurants is Buddy V’s Restorante located in the Venetian Resort.
Buddy Valastro got his fame on The Learning Chanel’s Cake Boss which premiered in April 2009. Buddy starred in Kitchen Boss in 2011, The Next Great Baker in 2010 and Buddy’s Bakery Rescue in 2013.
Both of Buddy’s parents were born in Italy and came to the United States at a young age with their immigrant parents. Buddy was raised in Hoboken, New Jersey and made his way to Las Vegas to open his first restaurant in Las Vegas.
Buddy V’s Restorante is an Italian restaurant modeled after his large family gatherings. He uses recipes handed down from his grandmother to his mother and aunts. The large portions please the patrons who have posted over five hundred positive reviews online giving them close to a four and one-half star rating.
Luke’s Lobster is located at 3200 South Las Vegas Boulevard on the on the outside of the Fashion Mall, one of Las Vegas’s hottest shopping destinations. They opened their first restaurant in 2009 in the East Village. Now they have thirty restaurants all across the United States as well as locations in Japan and Taiwan.
Owners, Luke Holden and Ben Coniff came together to open the first Luke’s Lobster through a Craigs List ad. Luke started his fishing career at the age of thirteen making him a third-generation lobsterman. After he graduated from Georgetown University, he moved to New York as an investment banker on Wall Street.
He couldn’t find any good lobster rolls in New York, so he decided to change his career direction by opening the first Luke’s Lobster. Now you can say the rest is history. Both Luke and Ben spend the majority of their time in Maine keeping their relationships with local lobsterman and oversees their seafood processing facility.
Their attention to detail and making sure the seafood they serve is harvested from the cleanest oceans has netted them over two hundred and fifty web posts in their Las Vegas location.
FireFly* Tapas Kitchen & Bar is the brain child of John Simmons that was opened in 2003. The location on the Eastside of Las Vegas puts its ease of access to visitor, performers, locals and entertainers.
John was raised in Illinois and started his career in the restaurant industry when he was only fifteen. He washed dishes and prepared food at a local deli working his way through high school and college. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in economics and took an office job.
A few years into the office job, John would find himself dreaming of cooking in his kitchen. He decided to attend Kendall College Culinary School in Evanston, Illinois and obtained a degree in culinary arts. He moved to California and cooked for a year before returning to Chicago to accept a position in a hot new restaurant.
After three years, he was offered a position in a new French restaurant at the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The restaurant was a hit and soon became one of the ten highest grossing restaurants in the country. He was there for four years before opening his own place, FireFly* Tapas Kitchen & Bar.
His success has garnered him almost two thousand reviews on the internet with a strong four-point-six-star-rating.
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