I’m doing a bit of catch-up today on three new places, among other tidbits.
Those new spots are a gastropub in the old Duffy’s, Mexico City in Akron’s North Hill and Global Kitchen in Tallmadge.
First up is Rm. 727 Gastropub at 231 Darrow Road, north of Interstate 76. Not quite a year after it closed, the longtime Duffy’s Restaurant and Grill in Akron’s Ellet area has been transformed.
Rm. 727 is owned by husband-and-wife Ethan and Aileen Moore, and executive chef is Ernie Cornelius, whose prior gigs include DBA (Dante Boccuzzi Akron). Folks online already are raving about his food, including Kraut Bombs and pizza.
Unfortunately for Duffy’s breakfast fans, there are no morning hours. But the bar remains — can’t have a gastropub without the pub! — and there’s good news for night owls: Most days, it’s open later than Duffy’s was. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Sunday; 3 to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 2 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Phone is 234-571-2738. Rm. 727 has a Facebook page.
Global Kitchen is celebrating its grand opening on Thursday at 12 Tallmadge Circle. As its name implies, it’s offering foods from more than one country: Nepal and its neighbors, India and China.
Soul Gurung, from Bhutan, and partners have spruced up the small space — which previously housed a frozen yogurt shop — dotting it with tables covered in white tablecloths.
Global Kitchen is in a plaza owned by Tony Jaber, who in 2011 bought the former Bumpas Drug & Emporium. The complex also houses a Firehouse Grille and a Danny Boys pizza shop.
A lunch buffet will run 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., then the regular menu will be served until closing. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Phone is 330-400-4800.
It follows at least two other Nepali places that have opened in the past few years: Nepali Kitchen, 399 E. Cuyahoga Falls Ave. in the North Hill neighborhood; and Everest Restaurant (Nepali and Indian), 2033 State Road in Cuyahoga Falls.
All three restaurants partook in last year’s Bhutanese Festival at the University of Akron, organized by the Bhutanese Community Association.
In Akron’s North Hill neighborhood, Mexico City Mexican Restaurant & Bar has opened where the Akron City Tavern was located, in a well-kept old brick building at 778 N. Main St., south of Cuyahoga Falls Ave. Akron City Tavern shut down in January. It and its predecessor, the Office, which opened in 2006, were welcomed in the working-class area.
Hours for the family-owned Mexico City are noon to 10 p.m. Sunday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday.
Phone is 234-678-8957.
If you go on a Saturday, you can hit the new North Akron Market, which sets up in the lot across the street, next to the Hibernian club. The market, featuring fresh produce, crafts and artwork, will run 2 to 7 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 2.
In 2015, historian Sharon Moreland Myers helped put together a popular exhibit on the Golden Age of Restaurants in Summit County at the main Akron-Summit County Public Library in downtown Akron.
Now Myers has a paperback book, Classic Restaurants of Summit County, which draws on that effort and an online book she put together in conjunction with the exhibit.
Local culinary history buffs will be pleased to see recipes from several of the restaurants, like Chicken in a Nest from the long-gone Kaase’s at 53 E. Mill St. in downtown Akron.
Also, unlike the exhibit, the book includes some spots that opened fairly recently, including the Blue Door in Cuyahoga Falls, Blue Canyon Kitchen and Tavern in Twinsburg and Merchant Tavern in Merriman Valley.
Myers packs a lot of information into the 160-plus pages. The history of many places is summed up in about two or three paragraphs. She includes a short history of supper clubs that left me wanting more. One of the places she focuses on is the Semler Tavern in Cuyahoga Falls, which the Beacon Journal’s Mark Price described in a 2006 column as a “rip-roaring resort.”
Many of the black-and-white pictures come from the Beacon Journal and the Summit Memory Project, overseen by the Akron-Summit County Public Library. All royalties from the book will go to the library’s Special Collections. The book is published by Arcadia and the History Press.
In 2015, Myers collaborated on the exhibit with Judy James, who was then special collections division manager at the Main Library in downtown Akron.
Myers, who now lives in Florida, will be coming to the area for two signings July 21, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Sand Run Pharmacy, 40 Sand Run Road in Northwest Akron, and from 1 to 3 p.m. at Learned Owl Book Shop at 204 N. Main St. in Hudson.
New Northside market
Downtown Akron’s Northside district is poised to get a produce and local food market that would be open year-round.
Cuyahoga Countryside Conservancy, operator of three seasonal markets, hopes to team up with area developer Joel Testa to open the market in the parking deck beneath the Northside Marketplace, a collection of small retail spaces.
Tracy Emrick, director of the conservancy, told me in an email the market idea grew out of Testa’s desire to have more food in the Northside District. The Countryside nonprofit’s board has approved the idea.
The space is just under 10,000 square feet. The initial plan is that vendors will set up on some Saturdays and Sundays, beginning this summer.
Emrick told me that she feels strongly “that this project has a great deal of potential for us and for the city. Public food markets are beautiful expressions of a place, its culture, its history and its vibrancy.”
She noted, “We have a region full of food and farm entrepreneurs and this project can really help them thrive, while bringing fresh, local food into Akron, year-round.”
Testa spearheaded development of the Northside Lofts, at 21 Furnace St., and the next-door Courtyard by Marriott.
This year’s Lebanese Festival Aug. 3-4 marks the 30th year for the event at Our Lady of Cedars Maronite Catholic Church in Fairlawn.
The festival, featuring lots of Lebanese food and music, will run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. both days (a Friday and Saturday) at the church at 507 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road. On the menu will be kibbeh, fattoush, tabbouleh, fatayer, grape leaves, hummus, shawarma and more.
Fun in Kent
Kent’s downtown will host Main Street Kent’s Art & Wine Festival from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday.
A stage will feature local musicians and trucks will offer street food. Entry is free; it’s $20 for a glass and 10 tasting tickets.
Also in Kent, the city will also host its first Restaurant Week June 3-9. Each participating restaurant will have a special “prix fixe” offering — a three-course meal for one set price during the week. Prices will vary by restaurant.
For more information on either event, go to www.mainstreetkent.org or call 330-677-8000.
Food at Stagefest
It’s not a food fest, but there will be some yummy eats at Summit Stagefest from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in Akron’s Highland Square.
More than 20 theater and performance groups will appear on six stages. New this year at the free event: Most will be covered by canopy tents for protection from the elements.
But we’re about the food here, so on with that. Food trucks A Twist of Leona, Smash Time and Southern Thangs will roll in, along with Nom Nom Popcorn, McCoy’s Custom Catering and other purveyors, including Bom, which sells “adult chocolate truffles” (there’s booze in ’em).
For more go to https://stagefest.org/vendors.
• Papa Joe’s, 1561 Akron-Peninsula Road, in the Merriman Valley, will feature wines from Mount Eden Vineyards in California for a dinner at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. $85. 330-923-7999.
• The Merchant Tavern at 1824 Merriman Road in Akron will offer eight wines from Owen Roe at a tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. $35. 330-865-9510.
• WVIZ Grand Tastings and Seminars return to Ideastream, 1375 Euclid Ave. in downtown Cleveland on Friday and Saturday. Proceeds support public television station WVIZ/PBS and public radio stations WCPN (90.3-FM) and WCLV (104.9-FM).
Tasting sessions from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are $75. Jacques Pepin, French chef, author and winner of the James Beard Award, will do a demonstration on Saturday ($100) and appear at a VIP dinner that evening ($300).
For more, go to the Ideastream Grand Tastings and Seminars Facebook page.
• 35° Brix, 3875 Massillon Road, Green, will offer a five-course dinner featuring wines from Orin Swift Cellars at 7 p.m. July 19. $95. 330-899-9200.
Send local food news to Katie Byard at 330-996-3781 or email@example.com. You can follow her @KatieByardABJ on Twitter or on Facebook at www.facebook.com.
Akron Dish: New spots in Ellet, North Hill, Tallmadge; book on classic Summit County restaurants; Northside food market coming
I’m doing a bit of catch-up today on three new places, among other tidbits.