Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun offers a stellar array of dining options, and this weekend brought one more, with the opening of New England’s first Carlo’s Bake Shop, the Hoboken, New Jersey bakery that rose to fame (along with owner Buddy Valastro) on TLC’s Cake Boss. We had the opportunity to visit for the grand opening, as well as sit down for a chat with Valastro.
Fans of the show will definitely recognize the bakery, with its familiar red signage and array of cakes, cupcakes, cookies, pies, and Italian pastries. But what they won’t recognize is a brand new concept adjacent to the bakery, called the Sweet Room.
With 15 tables draped in white tablecloths, the Sweet Room “is a place to come after dinner to have fancy, over-the-top plated desserts and drinks with your family,” Valastro told me. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
At the ribbon cutting, which was held at noon on Saturday, Valastro was presented with a tribal blanket by representatives of Mohegan Sun, who explained to the crowd that because Mohegan Sun is a family-oriented establishment, the new family-family bakery is a perfect marriage of both brands thanks to their shared values.
This Carlo’s location joins six in New Jersey, two in New York, and one each in Las Vegas and Philadelphia, and it can be found in Mohegan Sun’s Casino of the Earth near the Winter Entrance, on the second floor.