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4/3/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

The Game Grill + Bar opens at Canal Park

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Game Grill + Bar opened to the public March 27 starting with breakfast service at 7 a.m.

The Game Grill + Bar occupies the South Main Street-level space below the area formerly used by Wing Warehouse and Menches Brothers at Canal Park. This 4,000-square-foot restaurant is open year-round and serves full-scale breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch menus.

“After several months of hard work, we’re excited to open The Game and continue to be part of the revival of Downtown Akron,” said Akron RubberDucks owner and CEO Ken Babby in a press release.

The Game features all-American fare and views of Canal Park, with state-of-the-art media for watching games, as well as a great environment for conducting business, according to RubberDucks officials, who added The Game will also carry gourmet versions of some of Canal Park’s popular “Extreme Menu” items, such as “The Screamer” giant sundae, the “Three Dog Night” and the “Nice 2 Meat U” burger.

Kitchen hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends. Prices range from approximately $4 to $10 for breakfast and lunch and $8 to $17 for dinner.

The Game will feature a system of folding-glass walls, which will open to allow fans an open-air view of game action. The open-style dining room is highlighted by a custom Akron-related mural painted by local artist Mike Ayers, and custom neon designs on the walls, as well as tire-tread look trimming and brushed-metal bat light fixtures above the tables and bar. The Game also will have valet service along South Main Street.

The Game’s full menu and Open Table reservations link are available at www.thegameakron.com, and the restaurant’s Facebook link is www.facebook.com/thegameakron or on Twitter with the handle @thegameakron.

Chef Steve Smith is an Akron native who started cooking professionally at Ken Stewart’s restaurant in 2001. General Manager Cory O’Connor is another Akron native who has almost 10 years of front-of-the-house experience, including time with The Carousel Dinner Theatre.

Fans can purchase tickets for Akron RubberDucks games inside The Game and enter the park through a concourse entrance. Those fans already in Canal Park for a game can enter The Game via the concourse and use their tickets to return to the seating area at any time.

The upper level above The Game is the exclusive special event, meeting and private-party area called The Duck Club. Flexible ticket options allow for a seating range of up to 150 people.


Stephanie Kist contributed to this report.

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