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I was driving in downtown Akron and I noticed nervous dog was no longer and an imitation looking coffee place is there instead. Does anyone know why?
I don't think this is much of a trend. Restaurants close in good economies and bad. There have been I'm sure just as many restaurants opened in the last few years. I think the restaurants had their various issues to deal with. Location, demographics, and quality did in Yoconos. Plenty of places to get a decent pizza in that general area. It seems to be all by itself there on W. Exchange. I'd say similar reasons for Nick Anthe's closing minus quality issues. There really isn't much near Anthe's to make an evening of it. They probably should've moved close to the Diamond Grille since they share the same diner demographics and they'd be a lot closer to downtown. If anything it was probably The Office Bistro that ended up putting the last dagger into Anthe's. For VegiTerranean, the reason is more the huge expense of being in a brand new upscale loft building and not having the daily foot traffic that was promised. I would wonder if the 2nd phase building was built by now whether she would've closed up shop. I think the easy out is someone or a group of deep pocketed people in LA requested that she focus her efforts out there where she won't have to worry about money issues like here. So she's taking her chef with her to give this a go as a chain most likely. I'm still wondering when the restaurants/bars will be announced at Lock 4 by the Akron Civic Theater.
He did a nice and needed renovation. Its just a bar though. Definitely nothing special about the place. There is another new bar in the valley at the location that was called Dominic's Pub. It is now called the Beer Haus. Has a wider selection of beer but nothing that is going to draw me back. The best beer bars in the valley are still Bricco Pub(low key English Pub) and Johnny Js(One of best sports bars in Ohio with its serpentine bar). Both places also have very good food as well.