Own a bit of Kent History – The Venice Café Glass Block
After more than 70 years and three generations of family ownership, Kent's iconic Venice Cafe has changed hands.
The Ricciardi family has sold the bar operation to Kent businessman Mike Beder, who on Wednesday August 7, 2013 received the keys to the establishment located at the corner of Franklin Avenue and Erie Street since 1941.
Beder has since removed all the glass block that was the corner window and replaced it with a modern style glass window.
Beder says he wants the block "to live on as a backdrop for future memories in your home or office just like they were for so many years on the corner of Franklin and Erie". Through the generosity of Mr. Beder the Kent Historical Society has obtained all the glass block that were removed from the Venice Café window. We are selling these blocks for a mere $5.00 - 2 for $10. Purchase one of these blocks and own a bit of Kent history. The block are available at the Kent Historical Society. It’s never too soon to stock up on Christmas presents. Please note our days and hours of operation.