The Venice Cafe

The Venice Cafe on the corner of Erie and Franklin is one of the original and most iconic bars in the storied city of Kent. Since 1941, generations of residents, students and visitors have enjoyed the Venice Cafe for its authentic ambiance, great drinks, delicious food and more. Its noir-ish mahogany atmosphere and hued Italian murals have provided a unique backdrop for many a fun night out with friends and family.

163 W. ERIE ST. | KENT, OHIO 44240 | CALL: 330.968.4603

Erie Street Kitchen

Farm fresh local produce from artisan suppliers and farmers for the finest in hot chicken, one-of-a-kind sides, seafood fun, and more.

The new Erie Street Kitchen — now open 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 new, chef-driven and clean, food-focused eatery will be a favorite for the whole family as well as the hottest spot to bring guests to impress.

163 W. ERIE ST. | KENT, OHIO 44240 | CALL: 330.593.5928


Our jukebox features a 100 album selection of classic rock, Americana, independent, and local rock n’ roll. Jukebox curator Roger Hoover, who recently had some of his own works added to the Rock n’ Roll Hall Of Fame’s Northeast Ohio Popular Music Archives (NEOPMA), selects all of our albums.

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Every Tuesday, 7:30pm: DanJO - Dan Angotti's Big Band Jazz Orchestra
Every Wednesday, 9p: Open Mic hosted by Bethany Joy

Date Time Event
March 24 8pm Armstrong Bearcat Band
March 25 8pm The RailShakers
March 31 8pm Jim Zeller
April 1 8pm 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band)
April 7 9pm Cafe 80's
April 8 8pm John Patrick and The Outside Voices w/ Veseria
April 13 8pm Diminished Faculties
April 14 8pm Michael Stacy Band
April 15 8pm Mick Rogers Band
April 21 8pm Kent Reggae Jam: The JiMiller Band
April 22 9pm The Ohio Weather Band
May 6 8pm Fallout
May 12 8pm Gypsies In The Palace
May 13 8pm The Jack Fords
May 19 9pm Crain & Miller
June 3 8pm Mick Rogers Band
June 9 8pm The Jillettes
Nov 17 8pm Colin Dussault's Acoustic Trio


Tues - Sat: 5PM-2:30am

163 W. Erie St.
Kent, Ohio 44240

Call 330-968-4603