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Waterstreet Tavern is a bar located on Water Street in downtown Kent.

Mike Beder: Kent State alumnus takes on career as downtown entrepreneur

Addison Foreman, Reporter March 4, 2023

When Mike Beder came to school at Kent State University, he was uncertain about what he wanted to do with his life. He went into college as an exploratory major, and graduated in 2000 with a degree in...

Photo Courtesy of Robert Burford.

Kent Blues Fest is back in town

Sam Wright Reporter July 17, 2021

The Kent Blues Fest will be taking place on Saturday, July 17. The free live music will be located at 23 indoor and outdoor venues all over Kent. The 2020 Blues Festival was canceled because of the COVID-19...

Flashs Food Garden was started in 2017 by Christopher Post of Kent State Stark.

Flash’s Food Garden helping the community one vegetable at a time

Sam Wright Reporter June 30, 2021

Kent State Stark students make a difference by planting fresh vegetables for the community. The Flash’s Food Garden started back in 2017 with a three-week summer class and has been a part of the Stark...

Water Street Tavern.

The deal with downtown Kent: How local restaurants are adjusting to COVID-19

Morgan McGrath Reporter February 11, 2021

As we approach the one year anniversary of COVID-19’s appearance in the U.S., colleges across the country are continuously making necessary implementations of social distancing and online learning in...

Biden Migration

Getty Images February 7, 2021

SAN PEDRO SULA, HONDURAS - JANUARY 15: The silhouette of Honduran migrants as they walk at 4:30 a.m. towards the Guatemalan border on January 15, 2021 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. The caravan plans to...

Water Street Tavern at 132 S Water St.

Water Street Tavern receives $20,000 a month from Barstool Fund

Brynne Mann Reporter January 29, 2021

The Water Street Tavern will receive $20,000 a month from the Barstool Sports Fund to support the small business through the pandemic.Barstool Sports is a sports and pop culture blog founded by Dave Portnoy...

Customers at Water Street Tavern drinking at one of the designated tables as part of the social distancing protocol on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.

Kent bars continue to struggle financially as Halloween approaches

Mason Lawlor Reporter October 25, 2020

The streets of downtown Kent will be unusually quiet this Halloween season as bars and pubs throughout the city are dealing with major financial losses due to Portage County remaining in Level Three risk...

I have worked here for five months. I love coffee and everyone here is really nice. It is a good environment and it is a lot of fun to work here in Kent, Sam Senderoff, a worker at Tree City Coffee in Downtown Kent. Mar 4, 2020

Tree City, Kent’s “quintessential get-things-done coffee shop”

As reigning champion for eight consecutive years, Tree City Coffee and Pastry holds its place as Kent’s best coffee shop. “Tree City is about making everybody feel welcome,” said Evan Bailey, co-owner...

Venice Cafe patrons raise their glasses while Roger Hoover and the Whiskeyhounds perform their final song at Venice Cafe during Kents Round Town music festival on Friday, September 13, 2019.

Kent ‘Round Town Music Fest connects local music, business

Abigail Mack September 14, 2019

Live music filled the streets on Friday as Kent’s ‘Round Town Music Fest welcomed more than 30 acts at 29 venues throughout downtown and the surrounding area. Local businesses including bars, coffee...

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...

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...

Happy hour loses allure for KSU students

Samantha Ickes November 9, 2016

For the stereotypical broke college student, Friday night drinks with friends can put a dent in a student’s wallet. With mixed drinks ranging between $5 and $8, it can be easy to rack up a tab.Many local...

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