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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...

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 quesadilla ordered at Grazers on Friday, March 6, 2020. 

Best of Kent: vegan/vegetarian dining

Kaitlyn Finchler Photo Editor March 7, 2020

GRAZERSGRAZERS downtown off of Main Street, won first place for “Best vegan and vegetarian dining.” Co-owner Stacey Lasher said this is something they love to brag about.“We’re not in it for the...

Audience watches various short films at the Kent Stage Saturday evening.

Best of Kent: places to hear live music

First Place - Kent Stage Located on E. Main Street downtown, the  Kent Stage is home to many unique annual events such as the monthly Rocky Horror Picture Show, the January film festival and the Kent...

Kent City Manager David Ruller and owners of the newly-opened Erie Street Kitchen attend its grand opening and ribbon cutting at the Venice Cafe Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2015.

Kent welcomes new southern-style restaurant

Dominique Pishotti October 12, 2016

A new addition was added to one of Kent’s oldest bars, Venice Cafe, on Wednesday night. The authentic bar welcomed the addition of the Erie Street Kitchen, a southern-style restaurant.Erie Street Kitchen...

Sights and Sounds: Kent Blues Festival

Neville Hardman July 20, 2015

Music poured from downtown Kent on Friday evening as the seventh annual Blues Festival stretched into the early hours of the night.Line at Venice CafeBobby DiMauro, 62, waited in an expanding line with...

Mike Haney is a bartender at Water Street Tavern.

Best Bartender: Michael Haney, Water Street Tavern and Jesika Smigel, Venice Cafe

Madeleine Winer April 7, 2015

Michael Haney, Water Street TavernMichael Haney greets customers behind the bar with his wide grin as an added flair while pouring Water Street Tavern’s wide selection of specialty drinks, including...

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Do you fit the Kent Bar Stereotypes?

Katy Coduto April 16, 2014

A night out in downtown Kent means hitting one of the city’s 18 bars — and, if we’re being honest, hitting more than one (and hitting at least one probably pretty hard). As you navigate the drinking...

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