The latest big local food news is the purchase of the Akron-area Bricco eateries by Dave Sharp, a 27-year veteran of the restaurant industry.

Sharp, 46, is part owner of fine-dining restaurant DBA in downtown Akron's Northside district. He bought four Bricco restaurants from Dave Glenny, who opened the first in 2003 (Bricco Prime in the Portage Lakes has closed).

In case you missed it, you can find my story on the purchase at https://bit.ly/2YeySjr. I’ll have more information on Sharp’s plans for the collection of eateries next week.

For now, here are some other food scene morsels, including the new Handel’s in East Akron, a new sweet shop in Cuyahoga Falls and Mother’s Day-related events.

We’re also giving you a heads-up about the Primavara! festival in Fairlawn and the big food truck rally in Tallmadge, which has a new location.

We’ll start with the new Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt at the East End retail center in Akron. It and the next-door Starbucks will celebrate their recent openings with samples, giveaways and more from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. Food trucks will be on site with items available for purchase.

The East End, east of downtown Akron, is a 1.4-million-square-foot, mixed-use redevelopment at the former Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. campus in Akron. Starbucks and Handel’s are among the first retail enterprises that East End has landed; Eighty-Three Brewery and Marques Restaurant are planning to arrive soon.

Starbucks and Handel’s are in a new building at East Market and Cook streets. Handel’s opened Monday and Starbucks opened the previous week.

For the opening celebration Thursday, parking will be available in a lot behind the retail site, next to the Hilton Garden Inn.

Attending will be Stuart Lichter, founder and head of Industrial Realty Group, the California-based company that is redeveloping the Goodyear campus; Scott Grzelewski, chief operating officer of AVI, operator of the Starbucks; Jennifer Mathew, owner and managing partner of Handel’s Ice Cream; and Margo Sommerville, Akron City Council president.

Grandpa Joe's opens

The new candy shop Grandpa Joe's has opened in downtown Cuyahoga Falls, on the stretch of Front Street where two-way traffic was restored last year.

What’s that, you say? There's already a candy shop on Front, the Yum Yum Sweet Shop. How many does that area need?

Well, Grandpa Joe’s, part of a Pittsburgh chain, has moved into the storefront at 2156 Front where Yum Yum was located, next to Pav’s Creamery.

Grandpa Joe’s took over the space last week, offering a load of candy — bulk and nostalgic — as well as gifts, many of them goofy. Rubber chickens anyone? There are also 260 flavors of glass-bottled soda.

One of my faves from my youth is the Marathon Bar, braided caramel covered with milk chocolate. And while the Marathon Bar is no more, I found its kin, the Cadbury Curly Wurly, at the shop. Yay!

The Falls shop is the first Grandpa Joe’s in Northeast Ohio. The nine-store chain has four others in the state, in Miamisburg, Chillicothe, Middletown and Troy.

Mother-and-son team Sandi and Keith Saffles, who owned Yum Yum, remain partners in the Pav’s Creamery next door.

Mother's Day menus

Vaccaro’s Trattoria, which is normally closed on Sundays, will be open for a Mother’s Day Celebration buffet.

Dishes — many akin to the ones chef/owner Raphael Vaccaro’s late mother used to prepare — include lobster and crab quiche, Nonna Linda’s Eggplant Lasagna, chicken scarpariello and prosciutto-wrapped pork tenderloin. Also included will be a La Dolce Vita Dessert Table and a Caesar salad station.

There will be two seatings, the first beginning at noon to 12:30 p.m. and the second beginning at 2 to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $34.95 for adults and $15.95 for children ages 12 and under. For reservations, call 330-666-6158. Vaccaro’s is at 1000 Ghent Road in Bath, near Interstate 77.

Here are some other Mother’s Day buffets/brunches/menus. Reservations are either required or strongly recommended. Check with the individual establishments.

• Tangier Event & Entertainment Center, 532 W. Market St., Akron, will offer a brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 330-376-7171.

• Blue Canyon, 8960 Wilcox Drive, Twinsburg, will offer extended brunch hours with a Holiday Buffet, and seatings from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 330-486-2583.

• Papa Joe’s, 1561 Akron-Peninsula Road in Akron’s Merriman Valley, will offer a special Mother’s Day menu from noon to 8 p.m. 330-923-7999.

• BLU Plate, 45 E. Market St. in Akron, hosts a Mother’s Day Brunch with Live Jazz buffet from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 330-252-1190.

• The Venue Banquets, 10 Tallmadge Circle in Tallmadge, offers a Mother’s Day Sunday Brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 330-633-7111.

• Fleming’s, 4000 Medina Road in Copley Township, presents a Mother’s Day three-course brunch or all-day dinner beginning at 10 a.m. 330-670-5200.

• The Galaxy Restaurant, 201 Park Centre Drive in Wadsworth, will celebrate with a Grand Feast buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 330-334-3663.

• Beau’s Grille, inside the Akron/Fairlawn Hilton across from Summit Mall, offers a Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 330-867-5218.

• Beau’s on the River, inside the Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls, offers a brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 330-920-7530.

• The Polish American Club in Akron will serve its annual Mother's Day Swiss Steak Dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the club, 472 E. Glenwood Ave. Dinner includes mashed potatoes, green beans, salad and dessert. Coffee or tea is included. Other beverages are available for purchase. Tickets, which can be purchased in advance or at the door, are $15 for adults and $7 for children 12 and younger. Enter from Dan Street. Call 330-253-0496.

• Children ages 12 and under can decorate a free heart-shaped Mother's Day cake at all Acme Fresh Market locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Seating will be limited. Pre-register at the customer service counter at the Acme location of your choice. Cake decorators will be on hand to help. The Akron-based grocery chain says lots of icing colors, sprinkles and other toppings will be available.

• The 1820 Spring Hill Historic Home in Massillon will open at 11:30 a.m. Saturday for a Mother’s Day tea. The hearty menu includes cheese soup; egg salad, ham and cheese and cucumber sandwiches; mini muffins; scones with lemon curd, cream and jam; mini quiches; chocolate desserts, lemon sugar cookies and butterscotch bars; and a variety of teas.

The Woman’s Board is providing the spread. Cost is $15. Prepaid reservations are due Thursday; call 330-833-6749 or go to springhillhistorichome.org/motherstea.

The home, at 1401 Spring Hill Lane NE in Massillon, was built in approximately 1821 and was a station on the Underground Railroad.

Pizza party

DeCheco's Pizzeria at 2075 S. Main St. in Akron's Firestone Park neighborhood is marking 26 years May 18, and will celebrate with 1993 prices on pizza.

The shop also sells subs, salads, wings and other food; the discount is on pizza only.

It's operated by Nathan DeCheco, 30, who graduated in 2012 from the University of Akron. He's the son of founders Jack and Shirley DeCheco. Jack continues to cut hair at DeCheco's Barbershop that opened years earlier in the same building, and he and Shirley help out in the pizza shop occasionally.

Ethnic food

One of my favorite food-filled Northeast Ohio ethnic festivals, Primavara!, will run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 18 at Presentation of Our Lord Orthodox Church in Fairlawn. Primavara is Romanian for springtime.

There will be cabbage rolls, mamaliga (the Romanian version of polenta with sour cream and cheese), cucumber salad, pastries, a World Gift Market and children's activities.

Admission is free; you buy the food. The church is at 3365 Ridgewood Road, Fairlawn. For details, go to www.festivalofspring.org.

Presentation of the Lord is a historically Romanian community, but its members come from a variety of countries.

Food truck fest

The Tallmadge Food Truck Festival — one of the area's biggest single-day food truck rallies — returns May 19 at a new location: the Summit County Fairgrounds.

The event, organized by the Tallmadge Parks and Recreation Department, will run from noon to 6 p.m. The festival previously was at the parking lot of the Tallmadge Recreation Center.

The sixth annual event is shaping up to be a bigger belly-buster than usual, with 30 trucks signed up so far. It includes live music, activities and games for the kids. Admission is free. You pay for the eats.

Parking will be available at the fairgrounds, 229 E. Howe Road in Tallmadge. Enter off state Route 91 (North Avenue). For more information, go to https://tallmadge-ohio.org/320/Food-Truck-Festival.

Wine events

• D’Agnese’s White Pond and local wine importer John Bee present a multi-course Spring Wine Dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Cost is $60. Wine will be paired with Italian dishes from chef Joe Gallagher. For reservations, call 234-678-3612.

• Bee also hosts a wine dinner at 6 p.m. May 22 at Wise Guys Lounge and Grill, 1008 N. Main St. in Akron’s North Hill neighborhood. Cost is $65 and reservations are recommended. Call 330-922-3006 after 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

• Fishers Foods will have a tasting of wines from store owner Jeff Fisher’s latest Top 16 list from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the store at 5215 Fulton Drive in Jackson Township. Cost is $10, including foods by Fishers Catering Co.

• The Mustard Seed Market & Cafe at 3885 W. Market St. in Bath will host a Welcome Back Summer wine tasting, featuring 20 light-bodied reds, whites and roses from 7 to 9 p.m. May 24. Light appetizers, cheeses, breads and "something sweet" will be included. Tickets are $35 at eventbrite.com or $40 at the door. Reservations also can be made by calling 330-666-7333.

 

Send local food news to Katie Byard at 330-996-3781 or kbyard@thebeaconjournal.com.