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Re: Akron-Canton: Restaurant News & Info
« Reply #120 on: November 20, 2012, 11:10:35 AM »
Akron’s Northside bar to close; new owner moving in

By Rick Armon
Beacon Journal staff writer
Published: November 19, 2012 - 11:18 PM

“It’s moving forward,” said Michael Owen, who co-founded Northside in 1995 in downtown Akron as a blues and jazz club. “It’s ready to take its next step with a new operator.”

Jill Bacon Madden, one of the owners of telecommunications company PlusOne Communications, bought the building last month from Owen and his partners.


http://www.ohio.com/news/local/akron-s-northside-bar-to-close-new-owner-moving-in-1.351650

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« Reply #121 on: December 10, 2012, 10:04:54 AM »
Wally Waffle has opened in Highland Square in the former Metro Burger space.
Dunkin Donuts should be open any day in Wallhaven in the strip mall in former cigar shop space. Also in that same building there is now a Europe Gyro in the space that was a shish kebob place and before that Honeybaked Ham.

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« Reply #122 on: December 10, 2012, 03:27:07 PM »
Wally Waffle has opened in Highland Square in the former Metro Burger space.
Dunkin Donuts should be open any day in Wallhaven in the strip mall in former cigar shop space. Also in that same building there is now a Europe Gyro in the space that was a shish kebob place and before that Honeybaked Ham.

Nice, hope the Europe Gyro is a little nicer on the interior than the Kent location.  Might want to clean that place once every 10 years whether it needs it or not, although who gives a crap when you're 18 beers deep at 2:30 on a wednesday night.  Just skip that 7:45am class on thursday morning again, who cares right Yanni?

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« Reply #123 on: December 11, 2012, 10:55:04 AM »
Wally Waffle has opened in Highland Square in the former Metro Burger space.
Dunkin Donuts should be open any day in Wallhaven in the strip mall in former cigar shop space. Also in that same building there is now a Europe Gyro in the space that was a shish kebob place and before that Honeybaked Ham.

Nice, hope the Europe Gyro is a little nicer on the interior than the Kent location.  Might want to clean that place once every 10 years whether it needs it or not, although who gives a crap when you're 18 beers deep at 2:30 on a wednesday night.  Just skip that 7:45am class on thursday morning again, who cares right Yanni?

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« Reply #124 on: December 11, 2012, 11:07:59 AM »
Panera planned at former Big Boy property in Stow

by Jeremy Nobile | staff writer Published: December 9, 2012 12:00AM

Stow ­-- A Panera Bread is baking in the ashes of a former Bob's Big Boy.

The Stow Planning Commission approved a site plan Dec. 4 for a new 8,800-square-foot building at 1063 Graham Road that would include a new Panera Bread restaurant and a second retail space. No user has been announced for that space yet.

The business will be located just off Route 8 next to the Graham Road Wendy's and across the street from Red Lobster.

http://www.stowsentry.com/news%20local/2012/12/09/panera-planned-at-former-big-boy-property-in-stow

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« Reply #125 on: December 18, 2012, 12:25:09 PM »
Lot's of action with former Big Boy sites:

Restaurateur expands empire on historic Tallmadge Circle

By Katie Byard
Beacon Journal business writer

TALLMADGE: Call area restaurateur Tony Jaber “Circle Man.”

He has bought another property on historic Tallmadge Circle — this time purchasing the vacant Big Boy restaurant.

Jaber last year bought the former Bumpas Emporium, a landmark on the southern tip of the circle, and located one of his Firehouse Grill & Pubs there.

http://www.ohio.com/business/restaurateur-expands-empire-on-historic-tallmadge-circle-1.358555

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« Reply #126 on: January 14, 2013, 10:51:16 AM »
Olde Harbor Inn to reopen as ‘On Tap’

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Published: January 11, 2013 - 11:05 PM

COVENTRY TWP.: The Olde Harbor Inn of Portage Lakes is expected to reopen this spring as an On Tap Grille & Bar at the Harbor.

Bob Wilson of the Crest Group Ltd., which represents the owners of the Harbor Inn property, announced the new venture Friday.

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/olde-harbor-inn-to-reopen-as-on-tap-1.364294


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« Reply #127 on: January 16, 2013, 09:48:18 AM »
New Panera opening in East Akron

By Stephanie Warsmith
Beacon Journal staff writer
Published: January 15, 2013 - 08:53 PM

Panera Bread plans to open a new restaurant in East Akron that will be the first of its kind. The restaurant, which will be built on Wedgewood Drive, east of Abington Road, will feature a new design with a drive-through. Many of Panera’s locations don’t have drive-through.

“We are excited,” Kim Phillips, an architect from Warren told Akron City Council’s Planning Committee Monday about the new spot in Akron.

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/new-panera-opening-in-east-akron-1.365305

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« Reply #128 on: January 16, 2013, 11:10:18 AM »
^Sounds like news that will be embraced by the often-overlooked Ellet community, which has surprisingly managed to evade attracting even so much as an Applebees up until now. The headline really should have indicated that the new Panera location would be going into Ellet, which is generally a world unto itself. When I think of East Akron, I tend to think more of the area encompassing the University of Akron, Summa, and Goodyear--what is now considered University Park. I honestly thought and hoped this would be an announcement for a Panera on East Market or East Exchange as part of one of the new developments on either street. Oh well, it could still happen.

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« Reply #129 on: January 17, 2013, 08:24:29 AM »
This is encouraging to me because it's not so close to Downtown that it would necessarily cannibalize sales from a future Downtown location.  A location on East Market or East Exchange could be viable, but I'd really like to see them bring a restaurant to Downtown proper.  That would be reasonably well spaced with this Ellet location and their existing location at Fairlawn Town Center near W. Market & Miller.

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« Reply #130 on: January 17, 2013, 03:12:03 PM »
Hoppin Frog is going to be opening a new tasting room. Not sure when, but they submitted for a plan review.

Also, if you didn't know Ohio Brewing has a "tasting room", in part of their brew operation, 451 S. High St.
http://ohiobrewing.com/taproom

...and Thirsty Dog has a tasting room: http://thirstydog.com/news/retail-sales.php

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« Reply #131 on: January 23, 2013, 09:12:34 AM »
From the Aeros article:

Plusquellic said Babby was also working to “bring a new restaurant” to Canal Park with the closing of the Wing Warehouse Sports Bar & Grill.

http://www.ohio.com/news/aeros-owner-ken-babby-begins-upgrading-canal-park-with-new-1-65-million-video-board-1.367031

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« Reply #132 on: January 23, 2013, 12:55:37 PM »
I'll be very interested to see what comes into that Wing Warehouse space.  It hasn't managed to stay filled consistently: it was Menches Bros. when I moved here in 2009, so Wing Warehouse was in and out fairly quickly.  The owners of Wing Warehouse didn't do it full time, though, so maybe they just needed to move on to other things.  (Even if that's the case, though, I'm disappointed that no one else was able and willing to take it over.)

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« Reply #133 on: January 30, 2013, 08:12:12 AM »
Food notes: The Grille on Waterloo opens at former Ripper Owens location

By Lisa Abraham
Beacon Journal food writer
Published: January 29, 2013 - 11:15 PM

Russ Mazzola has debuted his new concept at 491 E. Waterloo Road, where Ripper Owens Tap House used to be.

The Grille on Waterloo opened Sunday, serving up soups, burgers, sandwiches, wings and plenty of other pub fare, as well as a full bar with 34 draft beers.

Mazzola, of Bath Township, has been in the restaurant business for many years. His family owned several Wally Waffle restaurants, and Mazzola previously owned Parsley Place and Dakota’s Grille.

He has owned the Waterloo building since 1997 and ran a Scorchers franchise there, but had been leasing it since 2002, most recently to Owens. When new lease negotiations with Owens didn’t work out, Mazzola said he felt it was a good time to come back with a restaurant of his own.

“We’re changing it completely. We’re going more restaurant than bar and we’re concentrating on food as our feature item,” he said.

The Grille on Waterloo opens daily at 11 a.m. Closing time is 11 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

http://www.ohio.com/lifestyle/food-notes-the-grille-on-waterloo-opens-at-former-ripper-owens-location-1.369043

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« Reply #134 on: February 06, 2013, 01:57:39 PM »
Food Notes: Beau’s on the River is coming

By Lisa Abraham
Beacon Journal food writer
Published: February 5, 2013 - 06:32 PM

Diners at Piatto Novo at the Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls will soon see a new yet familiar name at the restaurant, and a new menu too.

Piatto Novo will become Beau’s on the River this spring — Beau’s as in Beau’s Grille at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn and as in chef Beau Schmidt.

http://www.ohio.com/lifestyle/food-notes-beau-s-on-the-river-is-coming-1.370834

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« Reply #135 on: July 16, 2013, 01:28:24 PM »
Kent’s beloved Ray’s Place will open second location in Fairlawn

By Lisa Abraham
Beacon Journal food writer
Published: July 16, 2013 - 12:17 PM | Updated: July 16, 2013 - 02:48 PM

Ray’s Place, downtown Kent’s most beloved hangout, plans to open a second location in Fairlawn this fall.

Ray’s owner Charlie Thomas said if all goes as planned, he will open by October at the former Winking Lizard Tavern location, in the plaza at 25 Ghent Road.

Thomas, who has owned the 76-year-old Ray’s for nearly 35 years, said he has been thinking about a second location for some time, but was a little surprised when he found the spot in Fairlawn.

http://www.ohio.com/news/break-news/kent-s-beloved-ray-s-place-will-open-second-location-in-fairlawn-1.413555


Also, two new locations have applied for plan review:
22 Exchange - Pronto's Cibo Italiano
Jillly's Music Room (former Northside)

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« Reply #136 on: July 24, 2013, 08:49:35 AM »
Food trucks get legal push in Akron

By Lisa Abraham
Beacon Journal food writer
Published: July 23, 2013 - 09:57 PM

Gourmet food trucks got a little legal help in their fight to do business in Akron.

Last week, the Institute for Justice, an Arlington, Va.-based civil liberties law firm, sent Akron City Council a two-page letter urging council to eliminate the city’s ban on food trucks.

In the letter, the Institute notes how as part of its National Street Vending Initiative, it has challenged laws restricting food trucks successfully in several other large cities.

http://www.ohio.com/news/food-trucks-get-legal-push-in-akron-1.415465

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« Reply #137 on: August 01, 2013, 08:33:29 AM »
New winery opens in Portage Lakes

By Lisa Abraham
Published: July 31, 2013 - 12:47 PM

NautiVine Winery has opened on the banks of Miller Lake in Green, at the former Bob’s Lake Bar.

Owners are Erica Antoniotti and Joe Wathy.

The winery offers five reds and five whites, as well as wine slushies and its own homebrewed craft beer, Mucky Duck Ale, which comes in four kinds, W.T.M. (What the Muck), Muckraker, Run-A-Muck and Mud Light.

http://enjoy.ohio.com/new-winery-opens-in-portage-lakes-1.417410

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« Reply #138 on: September 14, 2013, 11:26:40 AM »
Food notes: New restaurants on their way

By Lisa Abraham
Beacon Journal food write
Published: September 10, 2013 - 06:33 PM

Lots of restaurant news to talk about this week.

Zack and Lisa Hirt soon will be opening Nuevo Modern Mexican and Tequila Bar at 54 E. Mill St., in the Gothic Building spot that used to house All-Ohio Sports in downtown Akron.

The restaurant has been in the works for two years and after much planning the couple hope to have the Nuevo open by November at the latest.

http://www.ohio.com/lifestyle/abraham/food-notes-new-restaurants-on-their-way-1.427814

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« Reply #139 on: September 25, 2013, 08:17:37 AM »
Akron Art Museum director outlines his vision for future
By Dorothy Shinn
Published: September 24, 2013 - 11:08 PM

Scheduled to open Oct. 1, the iQ café is named after the museum’s sculpture, the Inverted Q, a painted, cast concrete sculpture by American Pop artist Claes Oldenburg.

The iQ Café will feature French press coffee and teas, croissants and other offerings for the museum by the Thirsty Dog Brewing Co., which will make a specialty brew just for iQ; Blue Door, Burning Tree and Urban Eats, each of which will create new drinks and entrees available only at iQ.

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/akron-art-museum-director-outlines-his-vision-for-future-1.431599

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« Reply #140 on: October 15, 2013, 03:29:46 PM »
AUDIO Cuyahoga Falls Entertainment District Featured
Written by  Chris Keppler

A long-planned development in Cuyahoga Falls could go beyond retail stores mixed with a couple of restaurants.  City Development Director Sue Truby says Stark Enterprises has filed a Community Entertainment District application for the entire 26-acre Portage Crossing development.

That does not mean, according to Truby, that Portage Crossing will be full of bars.  She says the number of licenses is still limited, but the entertainment district designation also opens the door to museums, art houses, movie theaters or even a sports facility.

Truby says the city is pushing Stark Enterprises to bring in a larger-scale restaurant to the development.


http://www.akronnewsnow.com/news/local/item/126191-audio-cuyahoga-falls-entertainment-district

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« Reply #141 on: October 22, 2013, 08:17:21 AM »
Aeros Unveil New Restaurant Plans To City Council Featured
Written by  Mike Ward

Akron Aeros owner Ken Babby thinks he'll hit a home run with a new restaurant at Canal Park.
 
Babby announced his plans at Akron City Council on Monday.
 
He says that the restaurant will have "Akron centric" artwork and plenty of TVs to catch both Aeros games and other sports action.
 
But Babby says that it won't be "just another sports bar".

http://www.akronnewsnow.com/news/local/item/128782-aeros-unveil-new-restaurant-plans-to-city-council


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« Reply #142 on: October 22, 2013, 08:31:45 AM »
Aeros Unveil New Restaurant Plans To City Council Featured
Written by  Mike Ward

Akron Aeros owner Ken Babby thinks he'll hit a home run with a new restaurant at Canal Park.
 
Babby announced his plans at Akron City Council on Monday.
 
He says that the restaurant will have "Akron centric" artwork and plenty of TVs to catch both Aeros games and other sports action.
 
But Babby says that it won't be "just another sports bar".

http://www.akronnewsnow.com/news/local/item/128782-aeros-unveil-new-restaurant-plans-to-city-council



I really like the design of this! I never had any doubt that Ken Babby would put the best in Canal Park. Should be an exciting place to go.

Does anyone know the progress of Nuevo on Mill St.? I see signs up showing renderings, but I don't think there was any timeline announced for when they were opening.

Also....I just drove by 22 Exchange a few days ago and noticed an Italian place going in just to the left of House of Hunan. I will have to get out there this week and get photos of everything. So many updates!

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« Reply #143 on: October 22, 2013, 10:30:56 AM »
I really like the design of this! I never had any doubt that Ken Babby would put the best in Canal Park. Should be an exciting place to go.

Does anyone know the progress of Nuevo on Mill St.? I see signs up showing renderings, but I don't think there was any timeline announced for when they were opening.

Also....I just drove by 22 Exchange a few days ago and noticed an Italian place going in just to the left of House of Hunan. I will have to get out there this week and get photos of everything. So many updates!

Nuevo posted some pictures on 10/16 on their Facebook page . They still have a long way to go. I don't think they will be open by Thanksgiving, but they could be open in December.



The new place next to House of Hunan is going to be called  Pronto's Cibo Italiano Restaurant. I have not seen anything about any dates for it yet.
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« Reply #144 on: October 23, 2013, 10:05:05 AM »
Aeros to add sit-down restaurant to Akron stadium; city to provide financing help

By Stephanie Warsmith
Beacon Journal staff writer

Move over hot dogs. Step aside Cracker Jack.

Canal Park stadium will offer more than the traditional ballpark food starting next spring.

Akron Aeros owner Ken Babby provided details this week — and received financing help from the city — for a new, sit-down restaurant at the downtown baseball stadium. The “all-American” grill, which has not yet been named, will offer breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. It will be open year-round, not just during the team’s season.

http://www.ohio.com/news/local/aeros-to-add-sit-down-restaurant-to-akron-stadium-city-to-provide-financing-help-1.439120




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« Reply #145 on: October 29, 2013, 11:53:04 AM »
Pronto's new website. Located in 22 Exchange.

If the photos of food are legitimate photos of their food them I'm excited to try them out!

http://www.prontocasualitalian.com/

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« Reply #146 on: October 29, 2013, 11:56:37 AM »
Except why does their logo look Greek? Am i the only one?

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« Reply #147 on: October 30, 2013, 07:21:28 AM »
Pronto's new website. Located in 22 Exchange.

If the photos of food are legitimate photos of their food them I'm excited to try them out!

http://www.prontocasualitalian.com/
Photos look stock, and yes, one could associate the Laurel Wreath on their logo with the Greek culture as well.

Menu does not impress me. Looks like one of those cheap Italian chains like Fazoli's. There used to be one in Chapel Hill and also one called East Side Mario's. Neither of which made it.

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356th Fighter Group flies off into the sunset, will close Saturday

The fight has gone out of the 356th Fighter Group.

The Green restaurant with a World War II theme will close at the end of business on Saturday, owner Bob Scofield said Tuesday.

Scofield, 55, said the past few years have been a struggle with the weak economy, particularly for independently owned restaurants. When times got tough, he had no corporate pockets to rely on, and he said he has been in bankruptcy for several years.

Lately, his problems seemed to be mounting with electrical blackouts and broken pipes during the recent extreme cold weather, including a 6-inch line from his sprinkler system that caused 15,000 gallons of water to flood the restaurant early Thursday morning.

“It’s been a great run for us, but lately, it’s just been one too many things,” he said.

The restaurant, at 4919 Mount Pleasant Road NW, near the Akron-Canton Regional Airport, was opened in November 1986 by Specialty Restaurants Corp., of Anaheim, Calif., which operates theme restaurants throughout the United States.

http://www.ohio.com/news/top-stories/356th-fighter-group-flies-off-into-the-sunset-will-close-saturday-1.459317

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Food Notes: Major facelift at House of Hunan in Fairlawn

By Katie Byard
Beacon Journal staff writer
Published: April 8, 2014 - 06:50 PM

You’ll be encouraged to have your iPad with your pad Thai at House of Hunan in Fairlawn, which has just undergone an extensive renovation.

The Asian restaurant — a local food institution — now has a sleek contemporary look and has installed a “tech bar,” where you can plug in your tablet computer or other device.

Ray’s Place on way

Fans of Ray’s Place in Kent are still eagerly awaiting the opening of the Ray’s Place in Fairlawn at the former Winking Lizard location at 25 Ghent Road, across from Summit Mall.

Owner Charlie Thomas said he is hopeful that he can open the Fairlawn Ray’s by the end of this month. “We’re getting close,” Thomas said, noting that he and staffers have been busy with the permit-inspection process.

http://www.ohio.com/news/top-stories/food-notes-major-facelift-at-house-of-hunan-in-fairlawn-1.479340