By: DAN SHINGLER
First look at the new Crave restaurant in Akron
Despite the pandemic, Akron had a busy 2021.
That will give Hervey a chance to test his crew’s training in front of some known guests who are likely to be understanding if there are any snafus.
Even the staff is hired, Hervey said — all 38 of them. Well, almost, anyway.
“I think I’ll still need to hire one more cook,” Hervey said. “But we’re ready.”
There will be a lot of eyes on the place as it begins business again after shutting down in its former location due to COVID, then deciding to move to the highest-profile development downtown.
Crave’s success will represent the Bowery’s success as well — the restaurant is the first big retail tenant to sign on at the Bowery and has the most visible space on the first floor facing Main Street. It will also provide a sign as to the health of the downtown district generally, especially with regard to its nightlife.