PHOTOS: Zoupwerks Will Be Acorn Alley II's First Open Restaurant

Owner hopes to open the soup shop in September

Randy Durant isn't afraid to get his hands dirty.

But rest assured he'll wash them before he makes your soup.

Durant, the owner of Zoupwerks-Kent, is hanging the drywall himself in the roughly 1,200-square-foot storefront at . The Kent store will be Durant's second. He started the business in Champion, OH.

Covered in drywall mud, the New England area native talked about his goal to open sometime in September while plastering the store Tuesday morning.

Durant said he came to Kent because the project's architect, Doug Fuller of the , has long been a fan of his soup recipes at the Champion location.

"And he became such a fan, when this development was under way he had me in mind as one of the tenants," Durant said.

The Champion store, opened four years ago, has developed a cult following in a small market, he said. Durant followed Fuller's suggestion because he wants "to become more mainstream. We all want to succeed."

The Kent store is in a prime location, as it stands at the corner of Erie Street and the stairway that connects to the original Acorn Alley development.

Durant credits his New England heritage as to why he can make a tasty, popular soup.

"That's why I can make good 'chowdahs,'" he said. "As in New England clam. In this world of chains, everything's box stores and chains. I'm trying to stay relevant."

Michelle Sahr August 25, 2011 at 10:37 AM
I'm excited about Zoupwerks! Best of all, most all of their soups are gluten free... which means I can actually buy soup again.
Vonda Mosley August 25, 2011 at 01:27 PM
Zoupwerks rocks!!! Looking forward to going there often.
Randy Durant August 25, 2011 at 01:57 PM
A funky 70's themed joint with homemade soups, chowdahs, chili and gumbo produced from only the freshest of ingredients. Huge pulled pork sandwiches slow smoked on our own smoker! If you love genuine New England Clam Chowdah or Lobstah Bisque, you are going to love Zoupwerks! Vegetarian, Vegan, and Gluten Free selections every day. Check out the Champion location on our website: www.zoupwerks.com and friend us on FaceBook. We're looking forward to rocking Kent very soon. Thanks to the Kent Patch for following Randy on his quest to bring Kent a whole new dining experience. You'll love the retro feel, but you'll come back for the groovy grub.
David Badagnani August 25, 2011 at 07:41 PM
I assume Connie is employed by the Zoupwerks?


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