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Peter and Jon Finley, owners of Lucci’s Pizza and now Bar Lucci.

Lucci’s Pizza owners open Bar Lucci, expand brand on North Water Street

Gianna Cicchi, Reporter September 1, 2022

After two years of renovations and strategic planning, Jon and Peter Finley opened Bar Lucci July 8. The brothers signed the lease at 257 N. Water St. in May of 2020. Jon and Peter also own Lucci's...

Gymnastics wins GW Invitational, three gymnasts finish in top three for All-Around scoring

Amanda Levine Sports editor January 19, 2020

Three Kent State gymnasts finished in the top five for All-Around scoring in the Lindsey Ferris Invitational at George Washington University. The Flashes had either won or tied for first place in each...

Best of Kent: Drink

Best of Kent 2017: DRINK

KentWired Staff April 15, 2017

More Best of Kent categories: FOOD | SPORTS | ENTERTAINMENT & STUDENT LIFE FIRST - Ray's PlaceKent State students and community members know Ray’s Place is a favorite for signature drinks and bar...

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Best of Kent 2017 Voting

KentWired Staff March 20, 2017

If the Google form is not loading, click here to access the survey. See results in The Kent Stater on Thursday, April 27. 

Ryan Holmes, owner of MadCap Brewery in Kent, Ohio, poses for a portrait in the windows of his brewery on March 10, 2017.

Alumnus gets taste of success with local brewery

Payton Moore March 14, 2017

A background in science and a love for beer makes Ryan Holmes an unlikely entrepreneur. In 2013, Holmes served his first pint under MadCap Brew Co., but the beer-making journey started 15 years before.Holmes...

Customers eat and drink inside downtown Kents new Franklin Hotel Bar on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016. Aside from booths, tables and a bar, the establishment also has a lounge area, complete with armchairs placed around an artificial fireplace. 

Franklin Hotel Bar aims to add new vibe to Kent bar scene

Benjamin VanHoose December 29, 2016

Students may have a new checkpoint on their local bar crawl routines when they return to Kent for the spring semester. That is, as long as they are up for a decidedly different type of bar atmosphere.Filling...

50 Cent to visit Water Street Tavern

Taylor Kerns, Angelo Angel February 15, 2016

Hip hop star Curtis James Jackson III, better known as 50 Cent, will make an appearance at Kent’s Water Street Tavern on March 4.The 40-year-old rapper, famous for such hits as “In Da Club” and “Candy...

Cassie Rosa, Manager of JBs, behind the bar at JBs on September 2, 2014. Management has plans to change JBs into a gay bar.

JB’s reopens with fresh paint and fresh vibe

Kelsey Husnick September 2, 2014

JB’s is back. After being closed for renovation for part of the summer, the bar is re open for business but with a different orientation. JB’s is now Kent’s first gay bar. “We were trying to think...

The Rays Place staff keeps busy behind the bar Tuesday night during the Indians vs. Padres game, April 8, 2014.

Best Bar

Katy Coduto April 9, 2014

Ray's PlaceBest Bar one of six first-place finishes for Ray's Place. Click here to read the full profile.Zephyr PubOne of Kent’s oldest bars is also one of its best, and it’s a place where “you can...

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