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Bar 145, a new gastropub in Kent, specializes in gourmet cuisine, bourbon drinks and live music and entertainment five nights a week.
"We'll do a few types of music," said Jeremy Fitzgerald, the owner and founder of Bar 145. "Our main attraction will be cover bands."
Music will range from acoustic performances to dueling pianos and full bands. The entertainment will include local bands such as Tricky Dicks and the Cover-Ups and Trailer Park Ninjas as well as bands from Chicago, Toledo, Cincinnati, Chicago, Florida and Nashville.
"It's something that a lot of places are not doing as much of," Fitzgerald said. "I see a lot of places bring in DJs and local musicians. We're looking for mainxstream party bands."
Fitzgerald said people who come to Bar 145 should plan for a full night of entertainment.
"We're more of a destination spot," Fitzgerald said. "People come out and make reservations here, they eat dinner and then they stay for the band. It's a night out. When you have a DJ, it's more of a club scene and that's not what we're going for."
Bar 145's tagline: "Red Chucks, White China."
"That is the culture crash," Fitzgerald said. "All of our burgers are served on white china, yet all our employees are wearing red chuck converse shoes. The goal is to be fun, trendy and lively, but we're serious about our food. People can dress up here or show up in jeans and a T-shirt and be comfortable."
Bar 145's name comes from the temperature of a perfectly cooked medium rare burger.
"A lot of people think we're just a burger bar and that's not true," Fitzgerald said. "We serve high-end food. Everything is made fresh. All of our ingredients are brought in daily and our sauces are made from scratch. We also have a local bakery that makes our burger buns. If you don't like burgers, we have natural chicken, turkey and salmon options."
Fitzgerald said Bar 145 has something for everyone.
"It's the one place where you can hang out with your parents and you're both going to run into someone you know," Fitzgerald said. "It attracts everyone from ages 20 to 50."
Tuesday night is ladies night with dueling pianos and $5 martinis.
"We have something everyone will enjoy," Fitzgerald said. "You don't see dueling pianos often. Younger people love it and everyone can sing a long to Eric Clapton and Elton John."
Wednesday will offer live band karaoke. Live bands will perform Thursday, Friday and Saturday and Sunday will be jazz and wine night.
"The live band karaoke is a favorite because you're actually the lead singer of a band," Fitzgerald said. "There's a monitor you sing a long with and you have a drummer and two guitarists on stage with you. It's really fun."
Fitzgerald said there is a niche for Bar 145 in Kent.
"I think it's something that Kent needs," Fitzgerald said. "A lot of places you go to, you just sit back and watch a band. I don't want people sitting back in a corner, not paying attention. At night, there will be a lot of interaction between the band and the crowd. We'll have a dance floor and we'll shoot out confetti during the final act. It is a very fun and energetic party atmosphere. You can come every night and see something new."
General Manager of Bar 145 Dan Edmondson, of Stow, has been in cover band Trailer Park Ninjas for the past 15 years. The band has performed at Bar 145 in Toledo several times.
"I come from the live music side of things," Edmondson said. "I know from being in a cover band, we played Cleveland a lot, but there was never a place for us to play in Kent or even Akron."
Edmondson said Bar 145 offers something new and different to downtown Kent.
"I love everything that's going on downtown and we're going to be a perfect fit," Edmondson said. "There's a lot of places that offer local music, which is great, but what we offer is full-time musicians who are on tour and coming through Kent. Being close to a college campus, you need a place that has live music five nights a week."
Edmondson said Bar 145 is bringing music and entertainment in Kent to a new level.
"We're bringing in a $50,000 sound system," Edmondson said. "We're employing a full time sound engineer. From a live music standpoint, I don't think anyone has this quality that were trying to bring."
Bar 145, 100 E. Erie St. in Kent, will open by late next week. For more information, visit www.bar-145.com