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Tommy Thomsen, Cheryll Acevedo and Joel Thomsen are seen inside Buon Gusto Ristorante. The family took over the establishment in 2013 after the owners decided to sell. (Special to View)

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More than a year after taking over Buon Gusto Ristorante, the father and son restaurant owners have learned a lot about the industry.

“Every day is a learning experience,” said Tommy Thomsen, the owner of the restaurant at 2642 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway.

The owners have expanded hours and invested in a social media presence. They have worked to increase dining space, which is slated to include patio space up front.

The establishment even received an honor coveted by many restaurateurs — a chance to appear on Food Network.

The episode of the Food Network’s “Restaurant Stakeout” aired on Wednesday.

Thomsen never could have imagined that a simple request of his son Joel could have amounted to everything they have experienced today.

As a single parent, Thomsen wanted his teenage son Joel to help around the house.

“I needed him to learn to cook, clean his room and do his laundry,” Tommy Thomsen said. “I got one out of the three.”

As Joel Thomsen learned to cook, he realized how much he enjoyed it.

He decided to go to culinary school after high school.

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Watch The Food Network Channel’s “Restaurant Stakeout” which aired on June 4th at 9:00 PM on the Food Network Channel Featuring Buon Gusto Ristorante.

or read about it on The Food Network Channel:



Aired Wednesday,
June 4, 2014
9:00 pm

Food Network Channel
Restaurant Stakeout

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2642 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy, Henderson, NV 89052


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Buon Gusto is an authentic Sicilian Style, family owned, Italian restaurant that means good taste in Italian. All our entrees are made to order, therefore, it is the guests choice to have their food made just the way they like it. We at Buon Gusto value our guests and understand that some have allergies and diet needs. We are proud to offer gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan options to meet some of these needs. So next time you are in the area and looking for some great tasting Italian food, Stop in! Cant wait to see you!


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Joel has always had a flare for cooking and cooking well.  A graduate from Le Cordon Blue Culinary College in Summerlin, Joel has been honing his culinary skills for over ten years.