With a celebrity name attached or not, running a restaurant is tough business. Just ask “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro, whose much-ballyhooed Buddy V’s Ristorante at La Cantera shuttered March 3 after barely over a year in business.
The San Antonio location of the famous baker’s chain of restaurants opened in late January 2018 with a menu of classic Italian recipes, local beers and spirits, and signature desserts. Valastro’s star power helped make it an initial success, especially when he stopped by for an appearance.
San Antonians, however, shouldn’t take the closure personally. A company rep tells CultureMap that the move was “purely a business decision.” Valastro’s team is shifting focus to an e-commerce platform and television shows that will be premiering in 2019.
The good news for Alamo City is that Carlo’s Bakery, the sweet shop Valastro debuted in March 2018, isn’t going anywhere. Some of Buddy V’s desserts, including the famous cannolis, are still available on that menu.
“We will miss serving up the famiglia’s old school savory recipes at Buddy V's to one of our favorite cities, but keeping Carlo’s Bakery firmly planted in town definitely makes it easier,” said the rep in a statement.
The spokesperson also offered a final word of solace to fans of the restaurant, assuring that the eatery’s recipes were available online on the Cakehouse Media YouTube channel. For folks who don't want to deal with cleanup after making a giant pan of lasagna, here's our guide to the best Italian food San Antonio has to offer.