Women-owned restaurants to support Women’s History Month in Akron
In honor of Women’s History Month, we’ve compiled a list of restaurants and food businesses in the Akron area that are owned or co-owned by women in recent years to create a one-stop shop for those looking to show support. such businesses this month. That said, if you catch our drift, you don’t have to wait until March to patronize this business. This is not an exhaustive list of women-owned eateries in Akron, it simply highlights some of the businesses we had the opportunity to write about.
From authentic Mexican cuisine to breakfast ice cream, donuts and other fun treats, here’s a list of female-run restaurants and food businesses to check out this month.
This authentic Mexican spot in Ellet is owned by Blanca Saucedo.
“All the restaurants say they’re authentic,” Saucedo told the Beacon Journal in 2021. “It is possible only when the customer tastes the food. [they] tell me it’s real. I know there are many, many, many Mexican restaurants that even say authentic in their names, but [our] food is very different in this sense.”
Read more about La Loma:La Loma in Akron’s Ellet neighborhood adds authentic Mexican tacos and more to the menu. brings.
Main street saloon
Marlene Denholm owns the salon in Akron after her father David Kennamore (also known as Big D) took over after his death.
The restaurant’s most popular dishes are the gumbo burger, smoked wings, egg rolls and alligator wraps. Brooke Kennamore, assistant manager and Denholm’s daughter, assured reporter Tony Beans during the 2021 visit that the alligator was shipped overnight from Louisiana and was the freshest you’d get in Ohio.
“[My parents] built his business on that burger,” Denholm said. “My dad used to say, ‘Everybody wants a good hamburger.’ I remember hearing him say that.’
More about Main Street Saloon:Akron’s Main Street Saloon lives by its motto: “Oft imitated. Never again
Honey Girl Donuts is owned by Kathy Wasiloff. After she and her husband couldn’t find donuts for their wedding, they decided to make their own.
“We tried different recipes,” said Cathy. “We found a guy on Facebook Market who was selling his donut machine and also the recipe for it. So we drove for about six hours and met him, got all the information, and it was the best donut we’ve ever had.”
“We have some flavors that you might find elsewhere, like cookies and cream, but we’re going to take it to the next level,” Heather said.
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Henry’s Creamery is owned by Heather Geerves. The truck offers unique ice cream flavors such as honey, Vietnamese coffee and smoked sea salt chocolate.
Match these flavors with locally sourced quality ingredients, 90% of which are organic, and you’ve got yourself a guilt-free treat. This is the real deal. Heather still remembers how numb her fingers were after peeling more than 400 peaches by hand from a peach tree for ice cream in the summer of 2020.
EbboNique’s Bake’Arie offers baked goods and vegetarian options in the food park on Route 162 at Copley Road.
One of the must-try sweets is the pea pie. Yes, a sweet bean pie made popular by the Nation of Islam, a black nationalist organization founded in the 1930s. The bakery’s owner, Ebony Woods, who runs Ebony Somone, joined the Nation of Islam at age 16 and is introducing her pies to the people of Akron.
More on EbboNique’s Bake’Arie:EbboNique’s Bake’Arie Bean Pie, a delicious carrot cake located in the Akron Food Park
Sunrise is social
Food doesn’t lie and these dishes showed that the co-owners of the business are breakfast. Not people who randomly choose breakfast for the menu – people who have a craving for the first (and most important) meal of the day.
“We make everything from scratch,” said co-owner Jeannie Hopkins. “We’re not a greasy spoon, we don’t offer things in a bag or a box. Our sauce, hollandaise, it’s all made every day.”
Another point of pride of the restaurant is the use of local ingredients. Even the fresh flowers on each table are delivered weekly by New Franklin florist Dick and Son’s Flowers.
More about Sunrise Social:Sunrise Social serves an innovative, traditional breakfast in green
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of women-owned restaurants and food businesses in Akron.