Although control of the Venice Cafe bar operation has changed hands from the Ricciardi family to Kent businessman Mike Beder, ownership of the building has not.
The Ricciardis are retaining ownership of the building at Franklin Avenue and West Erie Streets.
Beder will lease the space and continue to operate the bar as the Venice Cafe.
The Venice Cafe, which is Kent's oldest bar, has been owned by three generations of the Ricciardi family since 1936. It has been located at its present site since 1941.