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Gift Guide: Franklin Hotel Bar

Maria McGinnis Assigning editor December 3, 2019

Located on East Main St. in Kent, the Franklin Hotel Bar is an upscale bar located in the lower level of the Franklin Hotel. The bar features classic cocktails, craft beers, fine wines and small plates...

Acorn Alley before the hustle and bustle of the daily rush on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017.

Kent community builders talk local business

Cameron Gorman September 6, 2017

On most days, the streets of downtown Kent are a hub for the community. Students mill about the entrances to bars and coffee shops, chatting with their friends. The occasional skateboarder or cyclist whizzes...

Haunted House

The spirits and frights of Kent

Cameron Gorman August 11, 2017

Throughout the summer, and the school year, the sound of construction in Kent is often little more than white noise — part of the regular thrum of the city’s soundscape.The new sections of downtown...

Local businessman Awad opens fifth business, Treno Ristorante

Kaylee Peterson July 18, 2017

Mike Awad has been an influential presence in Kent since he opened the Main Street Continental Grill in 2007.Following the success of Awad’s first restaurant in Kent, Ron Burbick — a leader and investor...

Main Street Kent to hold all-inclusive comedy event downtown

Madeline Crandall February 22, 2017

A complete night of food, drinks and entertainment is being arranged by Main Street Kent. “Eat. Drink. Laugh.” will take guests to different locations downtown, providing a taste of what local establishments...

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...

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