Let’s start out the week with some restaurant news, some good, some bad, some curious.
First the good news: The Eye Opener, 1688 W. Market St. in Akron’s Wallhaven area, is not moving, but its owners are planning a second location in Cuyahoga Falls.
Owner Liz Arn said the decision is barely official, so no opening date is scheduled yet, but the original location is definitely staying open, she emphasized.
Also, Bricco, 1 W. Exchange St., downtown Akron, will be celebrating 10 years in business with a wine tasting party from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 20. The $25 price includes appetizers. Phone 330-475-1600 for reservations.
Now the bad news: Restaurants hanging out the closed sign recently include Steak on a Stone, 145 Montrose West Ave., Copley Township; and House Gourmet Chinese and Sushi Bar, 1305 E. Tallmadge Ave., Akron.
And the curious: A message on the Facebook page for the former Yocono’s Italian Restaurant suggests the restaurant is planning a comeback. The Oct. 1 posting states: “All your favorites will be back soon in a different West Akron location.”
Stay tuned for more on that one.
While the Cuyahoga Valley National Park remains closed due to the federal government shutdown, the Countryside Conservancy’s Saturday farmers markets will continue.
The markets normally run from 9 a.m. to noon at Howe Meadow in Cuyahoga Falls, which is part of the park.
Until the government shutdown ends and the park reopens, the market will move to its winter, indoor location at Old Trail School, 2315 Ira Road, Bath Township. The final market of the summer season is Oct. 26. Winter markets begin in November.
Speaking of indoor farmers markets, Hudson has a new one. The Hudson Farmers Market has teamed up with Hattie Larlham to offer an indoor market at Hattie’s Café on North Main Street at Clinton Street in Hudson.
The market at Hattie’s will run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 21. It will take place in the space adjoining the cafe that was previously a gift shop. For more information, contact market manager Audrey Hylton at 330-476-9436 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ohio has bake-off finalists
Congrats to Janet Gill of Canton, one of three Ohioans named finalists in the upcoming 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off.
Gill was successful in an online vote that determined the final group of competitors in the breakfast category, with her entry of Mocha Cappuccino Pull Apart Coffee Cake.
She will compete Nov. 10-12 in Las Vegas. Two other finalists are from southern Ohio. For the first time, all finalists for the competition were determined by public online voting.
Food classes in the Falls
The Cuyahoga Falls Parks and Recreation Department is offering a Nutritional Series at the Quirk Cultural Center, 1201 Grant Ave. Cuyahoga Falls from 7 to 8 p.m. every Thursday through Dec. 5.
The sessions will focus on food and lifestyle choices that best support various health needs.
All classes include a demonstration and/or samples with a recipe card and handouts. The classes are $2 for city residents, $3 for nonresidents, plus a $10 class fee for each meeting. Registration is required, and all classes must be paid for at time of registration.
Class topics include gluten-free eating, homemade salad dressings, low-sugar eating, super foods, salt, and coconut oil. To register or for more information call the Parks and Recreation office at 330-971-8225.
Dinner deals in Canton
Canton will once again have its Downtown Dining Deals promotion on Wednesdays in October and November.
Diners who visit participating restaurants will get a half-priced entrée for each entrée they purchase at regular price.
The deal is offered every Wednesday after 5 p.m. through Nov. 27. But you need a coupon to receive the discount. Visit www.DowntownCanton.com to print out a copy, or clip one from the Canton newspaper.
Restaurants taking part are: Arcadia Grille, Bender’s Tavern, Corporate Downtown Bar & Grill, Deli Ohio, the Desert Inn, Lucca, Napoli’s Italian Eatery, Sheri’s at Shears, Sports Therapy Bar and Grill, Thatsa Wrapp and Thorpe’s Grill at the McKinley Grand.
For more information, visit www.DowntownCanton.com, or phone Annette Rosenberger at 330-458-2092.
Pop-up dinner deal
Totally Cooked Catering is offering a deal on its Oct. 17 Pop-Up Dinner to benefit the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.
Any tickets purchased by Thursday are just $30 — that’s $20 off the regular dinner price.
The meal will feature vegetarian food made with produce from local farms. Diners will be told the location of the meal when they purchase tickets.
Phone Sara Carter at 330-923-9964 or email email@example.com to purchase.