Schererville's newest restaurant brings a little Las Vegas glitz and glamour to the strip – Indianapolis Boulevard, that is.

Vegas Cafe at 800 Cedar Parkway features sandwiches, coffee, cakes, daily raffles, live entertainment on Saturday nights, and plenty of Sin City decor. It's an independent, family-owned restaurant on a commercial corridor that's increasingly become dominated with corporate chains, especially since the Shops on Main lifestyle center brought in Carrabba's Italian Grill, Meatheads, Firehouse Subs, and Noodles and Co.

The new locally-owned Las Vegas-themed restaurant tries to distinguish itself with an open kitchen where the food is prepared in front of diners and healthy fare that isn't fried, owner Valentina Mitreska said.

"We serve great coffee and great sandwiches. The environment is hip," Mitreska said. "We make everything fresh from scratch, including our signature sauces. We bake chicken and bake the bread."

The quick-serve restaurant, which seats about 40 inside and another 20 on the patio, serves paninis, open-faced sandwiches, salads, wraps, stuffed green pepper soup, and fancy espresso drinks like the Elvis Special with peanut butter, creme de banana and chocolate sauce. It has a breakfast menu and beer.

The Vegas theme includes a huge mural of the strip, photos of performers like Frank Sinatra, and a daily raffle, where anyone who spends more than $10 can win $50 in cash. Elvis impersonators, magicians and other live entertainers will perform on Saturday night.

"We have lots of friends and co-workers who don't have the time to go to Vegas," Mitreska said. "Schererville has lots of young couples with little children who can't get out to Vegas. This brings the Vegas atmosphere here."

Vegas Cafe is open from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

For more information, call 219.322.6601 or visit vegas-cafe.com.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.