Dan Kane is the entertainment editor for The Repository’s Ticket magazine, for which he writes about theater, movies, rock ‘n’ roll, art, classical music, dance, restaurants, festivals and everything else that’s going on. Growing up in Wooster, he always thought of Canton as “the big city.”
There’s big news for springtime at The Irish Pub & Grill, a popular spot at 8009 Hills and Dales Road NW in Jackson Township. A new all-weather patio with seating for 50 to 60 people has a projected March opening.
Carryout has been very busy this winter at Mint & Lime Asian Bistro in Jackson Township. Many of those orders have included orders of pho (pronounced fuh), the flavorful rice-noodle soup slow-cooked with sliced beef, beef meatballs and sweet onions and served with lime wedges, fresh basil, bean sprouts, sriracha and hoison sauce. The pho takes eight hours to cook and tends to sell out quickly. A quart-sized container is $10.
The name is Ed’s Smokehouse, but Liz Hampton, Ed’s older sister, is running the show these days. “It’s the same thing, same menu, cooked the same way—nothing’s changed,” Hampton said about the restaurant that’s been in business six years at 1009 McKinley Avenue NW in Canton.
In late September, Heather Reamy opened a little drive-up bakery on an alley in downtown Canton. Despite the offbeat location, Little Flour Baking Co. was an instant hit. On many days, Reamy sells out her entire inventory of muffins, scones, éclairs, cookies, danishes, brownies, cupcakes and other sweet temptations in an ever-rotating array of flavors.
Nick Brewer was such an avid fan of board game parties at home that he and two of his friends opened Milestone, a board game bar with a party vibe, in October at 312 Cleveland Avenue NW in downtown Canton.
On February 25, the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank launched its 2020 Harvest for Hunger, its biggest annual fundraiser, with a goal of $1.32 million and 100,000 pounds of food. And then came COVID-19, and with it Gov. Mike DeWine’s stay-at-home order.
Christy Williams started her home-baking business, Little Chunk of Goodness, because, she said, “I couldn’t afford groceries.” Williams was working two jobs, one of which was cashiering and doing dishes at a bakery. “Customers kept coming in and asking if we had royal icing cookies. I had no idea what they were, but there was obviously a huge demand for it. So I Googled it.”