The lunch crunch in downtown Akron

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If you’re looking to open a quick, tasty lunch spot, downtown Akron is begging for your attention. On a recent trip to the Rubber City, we discovered what government employees there have known for a long time: There are few sit-down choices, and those entrepreneurs who brave the restaurant waters are easily overwhelmed. With Akron city and Summit County offices, the court house, and other major buildings all concentrated around High Street and Main, there are surprisingly few chow options within walking distance. And as one disgruntled diner noted, the hordes of dutiful bureaucrats all take their breaks at the same time — around noon or 1 p.m.— crowding the few establishments willing to serve them… At the new the Ohio Brewing Company/ Damon’s Grill on Main Street, our waiter warned us that they had only been open a few days, and kept running out of key ingredients on the menu. Behind us, we noticed workers still hauling couches and TVs into the back of the restaurant. The ladies at the table beside us had already grown frustrated by a previous vegetable mishap — Grilled veggies instead of fried zucchini! The nerve! --and negotiated a free meal because their order was so screwed up this time. Of course, they had to take the food to go, because their lunch break had already ended. —Lisa Rab

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