Ravenna's loss is Brimfield's gain. The iconic East Park Restaurant left their established home at Cotton Corners in Ravenna and relocated to The Brimfield Plaza. The plaza is just minutes off I-76 at the corner of Tallmadge Road and State Route 43.
Ken Orihel of Green, Matt Schmahl of Akron, and Eddie Miner of Brimfield opened the new East Park Restaurant & Bar in Brimfield Plaza last September and have never looked back! They brought with them the entire Ravenna staff including cooks, servers, and management; but more importantly the same fresh menu and impeccable food.
With a new location came the opportunity to grow and evolve the new East Park. They have a much larger bar (capable of seating 50 plus people) as well as an expanded menu of spirit specials. Available at the bar only, they are featuring a USDA choice hamburger cooked just the way you like it for only $3.00! It's truly a deal that can't be beat! They have over 15 different bottled beers available and several beers on draft. The bar is stocked with 5 new digital flat-screens TV's so you're sure to catch the game you've been waiting all week to see. The new location also boasts East Park's new banquet room that could easily seat 45 patrons comfortably. This room is ideal for corporate meetings, birthdays, or any special event, and at no additional cost to you. The dining room looks to seat an additional 50 plus people with the relaxing, casual feel of an open floor plan.
The real secret to East Park's success is that they take pride in their food preparation and sticking to their original menu. Matt Schmahl said, "We are not a franchise and we are extremely proud to be a part of this awesome community. Nothing is ever frozen here, and our steaks are not pre-packaged. We hand cut our steaks and use the same USDA quality meat to make our hamburger patties in house. Our sauces, soups, coleslaw, hand battered onion rings, and our famous fried chicken are prepared in house as well."
When asked about East Park's newly added signature items on their already impressive menu, Schmahl gleamed, "We really take pride in our customer's feedback. After all, without them we wouldn't exist! Our customers have recently asked for more health conscious options, so we added new salads and wraps. People love our hamburgers, so we also added more variations to the menu."
Some of the staples of East Park's recipes have not changed from when they first opened in the early 1940's. "You can't talk about East Park without mentioning the Fried Chicken!" said Ken Orihel. "Simply stated, we have the best chicken in town!" Their famous chicken dinner now comes with different size options for those with a smaller appetite, or if you are simply saving room for dessert."
"East Park has retained most of the customers from Ravenna and has added some in Brimfield, Tallmadge, and other surrounding areas." Schmahl said. "Once people discover us, and what we have to offer, we look forward to making them lifelong customers. We are most proud of our fun, family atmosphere and the fact that no one ever leaves hungry."
Lunches range from $6.95 to $10. Evening dinners are priced up to $15. Breakfasts are in the $6 range with a "Workman's special," a huge breakfast of eggs, bacon and sausage for only $6!
For those who want to dine on East Park food at home, full menu carryout is available and orders can be conveniently placed by telephone at (330) 346-0106. Open every day at 7 a.m. and closing at 10 p.m. during the week, and open until 12 midnight on Friday's and Saturday's. Check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/eastparkbrimfield for special promotions.