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Cupcakes and Coffee at the Plaza Hotel and Casino

Two food outlets from local entrepreneurs to open at the renovated Plaza.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
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Satisfying every sweet tooth and coffee craving, Gigi’s Cupcakes and Cafelatte are two new food outlets opening at the Plaza Hotel and Casino.

The nation’s largest cupcake franchise, Gigi’s Cupcakes, is set to open this September at the Plaza. Offering Gigi’s signature swirl cupcakes freshly baked on the premises every morning, this will be the second location of the cupcake franchise in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas owners Martin Tunnell and Aaron Campbell said that the cupcake store has become wildly popular in Southern Nevada for both everyday treats and special occasions.

“We look forward to bringing the more than 30 cupcake varieties of Gigi’s to customers at the Plaza in downtown Las Vegas,” said Tunnell, noting that the franchise introduces new flavors every season such as this summer’s S’mores, Chocolate Cream Pie, Banana Split, Lemon Ice Box, Cherry Limeade and Coconut Cream Pie.

Across all franchise locations, Gigi’s Cupcakes sells an average of 30,000 cupcakes a day, or about 10 million cupcakes a year. The company is expected to grow to roughly 50 stores by the end of 2011.

Cafelatte owner, Luigi Bomparola has a long history as a chef and restaurateur at several Italian bistros on the Las Vegas Strip.

“I wanted to recreate the local neighborhood Italian café at the Plaza, utilizing only the best coffee, teas and food,” Bomparola said.

Located across from the brand new reception area of the Plaza, the new Cafelatte will offer guests a specialty coffee bar at affordable prices. Beverages will include freshly brewed coffee and tea, espresso and cappuccino, imported iced tea and assorted juices, sodas and waters. All of the coffee drinks will be made using illy coffee.

Open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Cafelatte will serve pastries and deserts as well as salads and sandwiches to-go for a quick bite at lunch or dinner. The café will also serve 12 flavors of gelato.

“We want to offer our guests unique dining options,” said Tony Santo, CEO and president of PlayLV and Santo Gaming. “Led by local entrepreneurs, both Cafelatte and Gigi’s Cupcakes will no doubt be great additions to the Plaza.”
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