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Buddy Valastro, star of TLC's “Cake Boss,” is coming to Long Island. The ninth location of his Carlo’s Bakery is set to open Saturday, May 9, at the Gallery at Westbury Plaza in Garden City.
At noon, Valastro will put down his spatula long enough to wield the scissors at a ribbon-cutting ceremony that will include members of the Garden City Council and a lucky child from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The store will stay open until at least 10 p.m. (Regular store hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, till 10 p.m. on weekends.)
Most of the actual baking at Carlo’s takes place in the company’s 70,000-square-foot bakery in Jersey City. The retail locations are supplied with baked cakes and cupcakes to be decorated on the premises. Cookie dough is frozen and baked off as needed; cannoli shells, made in New Jersey, are filled to order. Most of the cakes at Carlo’s range between $24.95 to $49.95; cupcakes are $2 to $3 apiece.
Valastro got his start as a baker at his father’s bakery, the original Carlo’s in Hoboken, New Jersey. When the reality show “Cake Boss” premiered in 2009, he was catapulted into the pastry stratosphere, both for his elaborate cakes and his effusive, down-to-earth demeanor.
“Cake Boss” spawned the spinoff shows “Cake Boss: Next Great Baker” and “Buddy’s Bakery Rescue,” as well as five cookbooks and two stage shows (both of which he performed at NYCB Theatre at Westbury, in April 2012 and November 2013).
Carlo’s Bakery is at The Gallery at Westbury Plaza, 900 Old Country Road, Garden City, 516-357-7900, carlosbakery.com.