The owner of a "gastropub" planned for the Fairmount Properties block in downtown Kent said he expects his restaurant will be open to the public by late next week.
Jeremy Fitzgerald, Toledo-based restaurateur and owner of Bar 145, was in Kent Tuesday seeking approval from Kent Planning Commission to construct an enclosed, outdoor bar for his restaurant on East Erie Street. He said the interior of the chain restaurant, known for "burgers, bands and bourbon," will have a soft opening and host a private event early next week.
"We plan on being hopefully open to the public on Friday of Saturday" of next week, Fitzgerald said.
Kent will be the second location for Bar 145, which originated in Toledo. Fitzgerald and his business partners are scouting other markets to expand the chain, named for "the temperature of a perfectly cooked medium rare burger" according to the restaurant's website.
The Kent Planning Commission unanimously approved the addition of an enclosed bar area to the site.
Jennifer Barone, development engineer for the city of Kent, said the addition would resemble a nearby Kent restaurant's outdoor/indoor bar space.
"(Bar 145) wanted this patio area kind of like Panini's (Bar and Grill), where the bar is enclosed," Barone said.
Panini's also is located within the Fairmount Properties block, in "Building A" at the corner of Haymaker Parkway and Water Street, which also houses offices for the Davey Resource Group and restaurant and retail space. Bar 145 is in "Building B," which is just north of "Building A" at the corner of Erie Street and Water Street.
The international manufacturing firm Ametek leases the top two floors in "Building B." A third building with apartments and the Italian-themed restaurant Bricco is planned at the intersection of Erie Street and DePeyster Street.
Planning Commissioner Anthony Catalano said Fairmount Properties had handled its construction projects in downtown Kent "exceptionally."
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