Blackened Shrimp Salad
Blackened Shrimp Salad

Local Fresh Food. Chicken, Shareables & Seafood in The Venice Cafe.

Erie Street Kitchen

Get ready for a taste of the South. The Erie Street Kitchen in the Venice Cafe — is bringing farm fresh local produce from your favorite artisan suppliers and farmers to downtown Kent for the finest in hot chicken, one of a kind sides, seafood fun, and a creative sharable toast section with accouterments. This chef-driven and clean, local food-focused eatery will be a favorite for the whole family as well as the hottest spot to bring guests to impress.

Thank you to our local farmers and producers including: Brimfield Bread Oven, Brimfield – Busy B Bakery – Black Dog Acres, Windham – Seasons Micro Farm, Kent – Oak Tree Hydroponic Farms, Akron – Goodell Family Farm, Mantua – Tierra Verde Farms, Deerfield – Season’s Micro Farm , Kent – Pettit’s Green Thumb Farm, Ravenna

Hours & Contact

Erie Street Kitchen
163 W. Erie Street
Kent, OH 44240 (330)-593-5928
Tue-Thur 11:00am-9pm. Fri-Sat 11:00am -10:00pm

About Erie Street Kitchen

Farm fresh local products from artisan suppliers and farmers for the finest in Southern Fried & Nashville Hot chicken tenders, one-of-a-kind sides, seafood, Po Boy and Banh Mi sandwiches and more.

Get ready for a taste of the South. Erie Street Kitchen is located in The Venice Cafe in Kent, Ohio at the corner of Erie Street and Frankin Avenue. This chef-driven and clean food focused eatery is a favorite for the whole family as well as the hottest spot to bring guests to impress.

Keeping with the authentic vibe that has made The Venice Cafe a true staple in Kent. Erie Street Kitchen uses the freshest and most local farmers and producers for ingredients including Brimfield Bread Oven in Brimfield for breads, Mushroom Harvest Provisions for Mushrooms, Shagbark Farms for grains, Busy B Bakery for desserts, Lucky Penny Creamery in Kent for cheese, Kline Honey Bee Farm in Edinburg, for honey, Oak Tree Hydroponics for there greens, Black Dog Acres brings us eggs from cage-free, locally raised birds for deviled eggs. Maple syrup from Goodell Farms, produce from Season’s Micro Farm, Pettit’s Green Thumb Farm and other Haymaker’s Farmers Market. It offers authentic Southern tastes such as chicken tenders, breaded and cooked to order, jambalaya, gumbo, po boys, and fried green tomatoes. Seafood options such as lobster rolls, perch and shrimp dinners and a rotating feature list makes this the place to eat. We also offer an array of vegetarian and gluten free options, too.

Erie Street Kitchen’s Chef and owner, Atlanta, Georgia native Jeff Crowe, has operated restaurants and catering companies in Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, Akron and now Kent. Chef Crowe has called the Kent area home for 20 years with his wife, a KSU professor, and two daughters who are products of the Kent school district.

While Kent has been rebuilding and putting itself back on the map as a regional destination, Erie Street Kitchen and the Venice Cafe are excited to preserve the historic downtown and strengthen its economy while keeping a small-town sense of community feel and growing Main, Franklin, Erie, and Water Street square as an arts, entertainment, and dining hotspot.