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The independent news website of The Kent Stater & TV2


The independent news website of The Kent Stater & TV2


Ohio curfew has been extended from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Kent businesses are extending their hours.

Kent business owners celebrate Ohio curfew extension

Chloe Zofchak Reporter February 7, 2021

As of Jan. 28, Ohio’s curfew has been extended from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. due to the hospitalization numbers staying below 3,500 for seven days straight. Downtown Kent businesses have been forced to adapt...

A DORA recycling bin outside Fresco Mexican Grill & Salsa Bar in downtown Kent. 

Kent DORA suspended due to elevated COVID-19 risk level in Portage County

Nathan Mehring Reporter October 30, 2020

Kent’s DORA (Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area) has been suspended due to Portage County’s COVID-19 risk level rising to “red” (Level Three). The 33.25-acre area is “where alcoholic beverages...

157 Lounge on South Water Street in downtown Kent was referred to the Ohio Investigative Unit for being out of compliance during 10 COVID-19 safety check-ins conducted from mid-June through mid-Sept. A main issue was that employees consistently failed to enforce mask wearing for customers and staff.

Three Kent bars referred to state investigators for repeated COVID-19 violations

Lyndsey Brennan, Reporter October 1, 2020

Three bars in downtown Kent, 157 Lounge, Ray’s Place and The Pub in Kent, have been referred to the Ohio State Highway Patrol for investigation after repeatedly being found out of compliance with critical...

Kent resident Kristen Misbrener enjoys the Halloween festivities at the Zephyr Pub on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016.

Best of Kent: Bars

First Place- Zephyr PubLocated at 106 W Main Street, Zephyr Pub is in the heart of downtown Kent. With three floors, an outdoor patio and a unique atmosphere, it’s easy to see why students and residents...

Barrio located on 295 S Water St in downtown Kent was voted first place alcoholic drink for their margaritas. This was tied with Rays Long Island.

Best of Kent: alcoholic beverages

Tie for first place:Ray’s Place Long Island Ray’s long island iced tea is a classic drink and the perfect alcoholic beverage to get your night started. Despite the name, there is no iced tea in the...

The outside of Rays Place in Kent, Ohio. 

Best of Kent: best restaurant

First place: Ray’s Place If you’re looking for a good place to eat that can only be found in Kent, Ray’s Place is the restaurant to go to. Having won first place in four different categories in...

A crowd on the first floor of Ray’s Place in Kent on April 8, 2017. FILE.

Best of Kent: best restaurant to take your family

First place: Ray's PlaceKnown to students, family members and local residents, Ray’s Place is a local favorite that appeals to all ages. Having been open since 1937, Ray’s has a rich history and sense...

Five Guys was named second best place to get a burger for Best of Kent. Five Guys has a variety of options to choose from and is known for their quality. 

Best of Kent: best burger

First place: Ray’s Place Located on Franklin Avenue, Ray’s Place is the favorite burger spot among Kent State students for the fourth year in a row. Ray’s Place has been a staple of downtown Kent...

Light reflects off of the Rays Place sign on Franklin Avenue, Kent, Ohio. Tuesday, April 16, 2019.

Nice to meat you: how to craft the perfect burger

Apple pie, hot dogs and fried chicken are some of the most recognizable meals when one thinks of American comfort food. However, the list wouldn’t be complete without a key piece of Americana: the hamburger....

Colin Dussaults Beatles Project performs at Venice Cafe at the 7th annual Beatlesfest held in downtown Kent Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. 

Downtown Kent welcomes musicians for seventh annual Beatlefest

Emily Williams Reporter February 22, 2020

Downtown Kent was bustling with Beatlemania Friday night as local musicians paid tribute to the rock band. Over 20 bands descended on downtown to flood local venues with the sound of the 60s. The Jillettes...

Spring weather brings out all kinds of spirits. Bryce Lunde and Gordon Zeniseck enjoy a pitcher of beer on the Zephyr Pub patio Wednesday afternoon April 5, 2017.

Best of Bars and Specialty Drinks

William Kovach August 7, 2017

Every Thursday through Saturday night, residents and students flock to Downtown Kent to kick back and blow off stress from the prior week. Each bar has something different to offer, whether it's a specialty...

Best of Kent Food

Best of Kent 2017: FOOD

KentWired Staff April 15, 2017

More Best of Kent categories: DRINK | ENTERTAINMENT + STUDENT LIFE | SPORTS FIRST - Ray's PlaceRay’s Place, a local restaurant and bar, has been a Kent staple since 1937. Known for its sweet potato...

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