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Demolition of the Robin Hood Is One Skyline Change

This video is the first in a series about Kent's changing landscape

The Robin Hood History

1936 - Doors opened to the family-friendly restuarant 

1970 - From food to fun, the Robin Hood shifted its focus to the night club scene

1999 - Remodeled to bring food back to the bar scene

2010 - The doors of the Robin Hood close for good

2011 - The Robin Hood

Editor's Note: Throughout this week, we take a look at some of the drastic landscape changes taking place in Kent this year and throughout the next several years.

We'll examine Kent's redevelopment as the projects progress. Click on the links below to see previous stories in this series.


Wilburforce August 22, 2011 at 06:30 PM
Yes but isn't that nice ....you can see Wendy's from any direction...through the weeds
Brett August 22, 2011 at 06:44 PM
move the pharmacies and the fast food joints to the outskirts of town. politely have the fraternities move or vacate those wonderful old houses at the top of Main Street. like the historical society, ask businesses or organizations to occupy the buildings with always a nod to their historical significance. - leave the empty patch of grass where the robin hood once stood alone. it looks good. green in good.
Wilburforce August 22, 2011 at 06:53 PM
All a great idea but.........The " empty patch of grass ? " oh you mean the future parking lot extension!
albie August 22, 2011 at 07:14 PM
wrong about one date......opened as a "nightclub" (if u want to call it that) in late '68 or early '69
albie August 22, 2011 at 07:17 PM
furthermore, when it did reopen then, it also had a full service kitchen. We even cooked Thanksgiving dinner there for all employees and their families I believe in 1969.
Brett August 22, 2011 at 07:21 PM
are you serious? the rolling little patch of green, an entrance way to the campus, and Brady's beautifies Kent. Kent's tragic mistake have got to stop like allowing Sheetz to blemish the grand north entrance to the city. More so, "Tree Man" was right back in the day, those old trees on that side of town would have helped actuate so much of what Kent wants to feature, class. but rumor had it they were diseased. who knows? so again to prove a point, trees, an old historic building, the condos, the river, the design (it frames the river with its arch) and utility of the new bridge would have distinguished Kent. yet as they say, I have no skin in the game, but the poor shall inherit the earth. last thought, the house that once was formerly Heartbeat Records during its vinyl days sure would have looked pretty right now too. but figuratively, Starbucks needs more parking.
Gary Michaels August 23, 2011 at 03:34 AM
People with nothing personally at stake sure do like to tell other people how to spend their money.
Brett August 23, 2011 at 04:56 AM
maybe people with money should equally balance their aesthetics courses with their accounting courses.
robert August 23, 2011 at 04:01 PM
It's the same old story of the never ending raping of the city of Kent.The Oprea House on N. Water St was one of the first to go ,then down the line the Donaghy Square went away,thankfully concerned citizens saved the R.R. Station called The Pufferbelly,then the absolutly ridiculous venture of destroying the water falls and on it goes.The historical Society has given way to big money or to KSU who is taking over the City.Lastly another dramatic inspiring change is to see a tatoo and piercing Parlor on the down town square in the old Thompson Drug Store building.I will not waste my time to comment on the mess in the south east quadrant of downtown Kent. I think I will just regurgitate !
Wilburforce August 23, 2011 at 05:58 PM
I know waving the Stars and Stripes to justify selfish behavior. We have zoning to control bad acts.....it's up to us to define the boundaries.
Wilburforce August 23, 2011 at 09:41 PM
Elect people that have a sense of history and honor tradition more than fender skirts, Double Cheese Burgers, and body piercing! Smashing Icon's for deep fried butter franchise.....
Gary Michaels August 24, 2011 at 05:23 AM
Thompson Drug went out of business because it wasn't supported. The space was vacant for 1-2 hrs because no one wanted to rent it. Then a tattoo parlor finally does and you complain? What did you do to get a better business in that space? Did you support Thompson's? Did you locate your business on that corner? No, of course not. But you will be the first to criticize what is there because it is not your cup of tea. If you don't like it, put your money where your mouth is and change it! Otherwise, keep your opinions to yourself.
Gary Michaels August 24, 2011 at 05:25 AM
Aesthetics is a subjective term. Ultimately it's their money at stake and they can do as they please with it.
Wilburforce August 24, 2011 at 11:37 AM
We thought this was the opinion place.......
sue turner August 26, 2011 at 07:04 PM
Obviously, there is no "nod to the historical significance" of buildings in Kent. That is demonstrated with the latest demolition of the Robin Hood and most likely soon to come the Old Kent Hotel. Otherwise, great great idea.
robert August 31, 2011 at 04:12 AM
Yes, Wilburforce,I thought the same.I never dreamed that Mr. Michaels would make so many asumptions without some knowlege of a few facts.I am proud to say that I knew the last owner of THOMPSONS,I went to high school with him, I played football with him and he refilled many prescriptions for me. I and many others were very sorry to see it close because our pharmaceutical needs did not generate the necessary income.As for the present business there I will refer you to the Bible verse,Leviticus 19- 28. Gary, you may not agree with everyone and I may not agree with you but I will defend your right to your freedom of speech !

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