Thursday, November 15, 2012
Proceeds benefit local charities
There are still about a dozen or so smoked turkeys available for Thanksgiving courtesy Cajun Dave's and Water Street Tavern in support of the 44th Annual Brunch Bunch charity auction. Mike Beder at Water Street and Brian Bower at Cajun Dave's are offering turkeys cooked in the restaurant's smoker for $40 with all proceeds benefiting Brunch Bunch, which supports local charities with a live auction set for 8 a.m. to noon on Thanksgiving Day at the Kent American Legion. Beder said they're selling 50 total turkeys and they have about a dozen or so left. The deadline to order is Friday, and orders must be placed and paid in advance by contacting Jeanne Kotis at Hall-Green Agency at 330-673-5873. The turkeys are available for pick-up Tuesday and…
Friday, March 30, 2012
Business gets to keep barbecue smoker in parking space on South Water Street
A barbecue smoker that's proven controversial in the past got the OK from city officials to keep on smokin' for another year without a word. Kent City Council voted to renew an agreement with downtown restaurant Cajun Dave's that let's the eatery use a barbecue smoker on Fridays outside the business. The agreement lets the business operate the smoker in a parking space on South Water Street. Council members extended the agreement for another year this week with no comment. The original agreement required that council review the request and vote on it at least once a year. Wednesday's vote finalized an approval council gave during a committee meeting in February. Past coverage:
Friday, March 9, 2012
You picked the downtown restaurant as your favorite place for fried fish
It's official: Cajun Dave's has the best fish fries in Kent. That's according to you. That’s right, this week Kent Patch readers voted and commented in our Reader's Choice: Best Fish Fries in Kent poll, and the downtown eatery came out on top. Cajun Dave's topped the fish fries at the Kent American Legion, the Rusty Nail and the Kent VFW Post 3703. Here are ome of your comments and reviews: "Cajun Dave's for sure!" - Gary Michaels "American Legion. Best fish hands down any where. Love it." - Laura Here are the other nominations, with links to the directory listing — in case you’d like to weigh in and post a review to your favorite. Stay tuned for the next Reader's Choice contest on Kent Patch.
Friday, February 3, 2012
Conditional use permit for restaurant's on-street smoker will be extended for a full year.
It’s Friday, which means Cajun Dave’s will be serving up its BBQ Platter Special tonight featuring meats slow-cooked in its mega-smoker – a weekly event the restaurant is allowed to continue on Water Street for another year, says Kent City Council. Last May council voted to extend a conditional use permit allowing the restaurant, which is located inside the Water Street Tavern, to operate a barbecue smoker in an on-street parking space in front of the building twice weekly. The smoker is typically only used on Fridays. Council’s approval in May came after several neighboring business owners wrote letters speaking out against the smoker, which is why the extension came with the condition that council review the operation this month. That …
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Cajun Dave's on South Water Street needs permission to keep using its outdoor smoker once a week
An outdoor barbecue smoker run by the owners of Cajun Dave's restaurant comes back to Kent City Council this week for review. The contentious issue came to a head in May when council gave the business approval to use the smoker once a week in an on-street parking space. The approval came after several neighboring business owners wrote to council and spoke out against the smoker. The business owners have approval to keep using the smoker through May, but that approval came with the condition that council review the operation this month. Are you a fan or opponent of the smoker? Take our poll and tell us in the comments.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Approval for downtown smoker narrowly passes at Kent City Council Wednesday night
The owners of Cajun Dave's in downtown Kent narrowly gained approval Wednesday to keep using their on-street barbecue smoker for another year. Members of Kent City Council voted 5-4 Wednesday night to give the restaurant permission to use the smoker in an on-street parking space for another year. Council members Michael DeLeone, John Kuhar, Heidi Shaffer and Tracy Wallach voted against approving the permit. The narrow vote came just two weeks after Wallach cast the only vote against allowing the smoker during a committee meeting. "When this originally came to council, my biggest concern was the availability of a free parking space for a business," Kuhar said. "Last Friday I drove down Water Street, and I could smell the smoke when I …
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Permission to use smoker narrowly passes in 5-4 vote
The barbecue smoker outside Cajun Dave's in downtown Kent will stay there for at least six more months. Kent City Council members approved allowing the smoker in a narrow 5-4 vote Wednesday night. The city will review the issue again in another six months to see if problems voiced by neighboring business owners have been resolved or continue to cause concern. Wednesday's close vote comes two weeks after council approved the smoker during a lengthy committee meeting. Look for the full story Thursday on Kent Patch.
Friday, May 13, 2011
Stelvis and The Graceland Band will perform at Cajun Dave's fundraiser Saturday
Those visiting the Water Street Tavern and Cajun Dave’s restaurant between 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday may be surprised to see pink “Beer for Boobs” posters on the walls as Stelvis and The Graceland Band rock out on the stage. It’s not a parallel universe, but a charity benefit to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure breast-cancer awareness walk. This is the second year that Brian Bower, Cajun Dave’s co-owner, has had a team in the three-day, 60-mile walk held in late July in the Cleveland area. Each team member is charged with raising $2,300. In Bower’s case, that translates to $4,600, as his wife, Nichole, is also on the team. Bower formed “Team Boobdacious Bowers” in memory of his mother and grandmother, both of whom were …
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Bent Tree Coffee Roasters and Taproot Catering Co. to open in vacant North Water Street building
The revitalization movement under way in downtown Kent is now spreading to North Water Street, where two businesses are bringing a vacant building back to life. Bent Tree Coffee Roasters and Taproot Catering Co. will both open later this month at 313 N. Water, the former home of Sorboro’s Italian Kitchen, which closed more than two years ago. New to the downtown business scene is Bent Tree, an artisan, small-batch coffee roasting venture that will occupy the front third of the building. The rear two-thirds of the structure will serve as food storage, prep and kitchen spaces for Taproot, an expansion of the catering business already operated by Cajun Dave’s restaurant. Long-time friends Ryan Brannon and Mike Mistur, both Kent residents, …
Thursday, May 5, 2011
City will review the operation again in six months
Cajun Dave's smoker will stay on South Water Street for at least another year. Kent City Council voted Wednesday to extend a conditional use permit that allows the restaurant to operate a barbecue smoker in an on-street parking space in front of its building twice a week. The smoker is typically only used on Fridays. But Wednesday night's approval came with the condition that the city review the smoker's operation again six months into that year extension, which starts July 23. The smoker has helped boost lunchtime business for the restaurant, but the smoke created by it has concerned some neighboring business owners. In February, the owners of Sue Nelson Designs and Franklin Square Deli — Sue Nelson and Carl Picelle, respectively — wrote …