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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Stark County, Ohio, 2014, July 15th

Stark County, Ohio, 2014: July 15th. Photos by the publisher... 

Breakfast at Nut House Saloon in Richville. 

If it's on the menu Steak and Eggs is one of the things I order to judge a restaurant's breakfast.  Nut House Saloon scored high points; eggs, perfectly cooked, hash browns, crispy, not burned, a steak prepared exactly as I ordered it.

I can easily recommend the Steak and Eggs breakfast at Nut House Saloon, without hesitation nor qualification. Excellent.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Stark County, Ohio, 2014, July 14th

Stark County, Ohio, 2014: July 14th. Photo by the publisher...

 Spent the evening at Cameo Grill, working on a Team Stark County - 2015 Jackson Township Relay For Life fund raiser.

Had a Chef Salad, with turkey and ham, for dinner. Something I wouldn't hesitate to order again.

The fund raiser, which ran from 4:30 'til 9, resulted in a $140 donation to Relay For Life. Thanks to everyone at Cameo Grill, I appreciate your help!!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Stark County, Ohio, 2014, July 13th

Stark County, Ohio, 2014: July 13th. Photo by the publisher...

Visited Massillon Museum for the first time.

They have a great display dedicated to Paul Brown, who coached at Massillon Washington High School before moving on to Ohio State University, the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals.

Among the artifacts included is Paul Brown's Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinee jacket.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

"10 Questions Interview" With Tom Menches Owner of Menches Brothers of Massillon

Today's installment of the "10 Questions Interview"series features Tom Menches, co-owner of the Menches Brothers of Massillon restaurant.

Jonathan Evans sat down with Tom Menches in the dining room at the Menches Brothers restaurant in Massillon yesterday afternoon to conduct this "10 Questions Interview".

Q: "What is your job title and responsibilities at Menches Brothers?"

A: "I don't really have one, but (I function as a) manager and co-owner. My responsibilities include everything  from training the kitchen staff, to overseeing operations and running payroll. I also take care of physical aspects like equipment and lights.

Q: "What is your relationship to Charles and Frank Menches?"

A: "I am Frank's great great grandson. So, fifth generation."

Q:  "Being a Menches, you have a certain legacy to live up to. How do you plan to carry on and expand that legacy?"

A: "By continuing operation of the restaurant and telling their story through the restaurant and at different fairs we attend."

Q: "Outside of the restaurant, what do you like to do, do you have any hobbies?"

A: "Spending time with my family at home, or taking them to places like the rec or the park. I also like working with football and coaching, when time permits."

Q: Did you always want to go into the restaurant business or did you have other aspirations?

A: "No, I swore I would never work in a restaurant or be a teacher but, I did both. I’ve been doing this since I was 12 so it comes naturally."

Q: What is the most challenging part about working with family?

A: "When you disagree. Because when you work with your family, you have that family dynamic in play, which is different from another business with a hierarchy. We argue our point of view to get ours points seen. But, you always have family to fall back on."

Q: When you consider the Stark County restaurant scene, what role do you see Menches Brothers of Massillon playing?

A"Menches Brothers provides two individual things in Stark County: to experience the hamburger like it was when it was created, which no other restaurant, can do and we’ve taken that and expanded it to another level with creativity. I don’t know of any other restaurant  with 50 burgers. They get a mix of the old and the new."

Q:  What is your favorite part about living in Stark County?

A: "The rivalries between the different communities, it's unique. If you go to a different place, like Summit County, you don’t really have that."

Q: Who has been most inspirational in your life?

A: "My family. Between my father and mother owning restaurants. They didn’t push me into it, I followed them willingly."

Q: If you could give advice to somebody trying to open up their own business, what would you tell them?

A: "Before you open, you need a good plan. You need to understand it's a lot of hard work. It is probably not going to make money right away, but stick with it and adjust. When the hard times hit, adjust to what the customer wants and you can make a successful business."

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Stark County, Ohio, 2014, June 17th

Stark County, Ohio, 2014: June 17th. Photos by the publisher...

I shoot pictures of cars which have been pulled over by the police, I shoot pictures of accidents and I post them saying obey the rules of the road, drive carefully, be considerate of other drivers. Today I'm talking about parking.

Hate isn't a word I use often, but I hate self-centered, inconsiderate, ill-mannered people who through their bad behavior say "screw you" to the rest of us.

There was no good reason for the driver of this Chevy Traverse, license plate number Ohio FXJ-8325, to take up two parking spaces in the lot at the Lake Avenue Trailhead, on the Towpath Trail, outside of Ernie's Bike Shop and the Blue Heron Deli in Massillon.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Stark County, Ohio, 2014, June 14th

Stark County, Ohio, 2014: June 14th. Photos by the publisher...

Twenty years in Stark County and today was my first time attending the Cruise-In and Dance Party in downtown Massillon! 2014 marks the 25th anniversary for the cruise-in.

Lincoln Way was blocked from from Third Street to about a block before the Viaduct for the event. According to published reports more than 1,000 vehicles were expected to be registered for display!!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Stark County, Ohio, 2014, June 12th

Stark County, Ohio, 2014: June 12th. Photos by the publisher...

After being closed for approximately six months the owners of Cameo Grill in Massillon re-opened The Nut House Saloon, on Navarre Road in Perry Township, earlier this week.

It was a beautiful day today, perfect to eat on the patio at The Nut House.

The Philly Cheesesteak, topped with grilled green peppers and onions, on a toasted roll was great! Fresh cut French Fries were perfectly cooked.  To the owners of Cameo Grill, I say you're doing a great job with the "new" Nut House Saloon!!