Q: Todd, what is the busiest restaurant in Stark County during Valentine’s Day?
A: The only person that gets one over on your sweetheart is your mother. According to a study by National Restaurant Association, Mother’s Day is the only day of the year that is busier than Valentine’s Day for restaurants. More than 25 percent of Americans will be seated in a restaurant for Valentine’s Day.
As far as which places in the county are the busiest … well, that’s a tough one to answer. There’s a lot of places in the county, quite frankly.
If local numbers mirror national numbers and 25 percent of people in the county dine out on Valentine’s Day, that’s a lot of fannies in seats. Actually, I’m not sure it’s realistic. That means about 94,000 people in Stark County will be eating out on Valentine’s Day.
So let’s say Stark County doesn’t follow the national trend and only 15 percent of people living here go to restaurants on Valentine’s Day. That means more than 55,000 people will eat out on Valentine’s Day.
Every place is busy.
If you haven’t made reservations yet for Gervasi, that’s likely booked by now. Sorry, fellas, I made mine back in December. There’s a good chance Bravo!, Texas Roadhouse, Olive Garden—you know the chain places where the atmosphere is all the same—are gonna be packed, too.
It helps that Valentine’s Day is on Sunday, which means people will spread date night over Saturday and Sunday.
For my money, if you want to avoid the crowds and find a great place with good atmosphere, head to a nonchain local place. Benders, the Bistro of Oakwood, Desert Inn, Basil, Lucca, 91, Freudy’s Place and 3 Brothers are all great choices. And you’re more likely going to be helping a neighbor keep his or her place afloat.
Q: Where did the Hall of Fame put all the dirt from its construction site?
A: The Hall specifically didn’t put it anywhere.
I mean it’s not like David Baker climbed into a dump truck and hauled the dirt away. However, shifting the field closer to the Hall, and then digging it 14 feet deeper, created a lot of excess dirt.
Crews hauled 160,000 tons of earth during a 45-day period out of Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium and to a North Canton landscaping company. They hauled enough dirt to fill 100,000 F-150s.
Q: Why are they putting up new light poles along a stretch of Market Avenue N?
A: In the spring, the Ohio Department of transportation will start the process of widening Market Avenue N between Easton and 55th Street. The poles were placed there because the power lines had to be moved, and it would not disrupt power in the area.
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