Turkish eatery is planned for Kent

By Kyle McDonald | Staff Writer Published:

A new restaurant geared toward dishing up authentic Turkish food and other Mediterranean dishes is slated to open on the East Main Street strip of downtown Kent in the near future.

The establishment, Troy Grille, will be located at 118 E. Main St., neighboring the Ohio Music Shop.

"We're very excited about it and want to do our best," said Eser Kalkavan, who is opening the eatery with her husband, Gokmen. "Downtown is growing so fast and so much and we're really proud to be a part of it."

Eser Kalkavan said one of the main specialties of Troy Grille will be its Turkish meatballs, but many types of Mediterranean cuisine and desserts will be available.

And while the food spot will be new to Kent, Kalkavan said her husband has a good deal of experience from their homeland of Turkey.

"It's not a new thing for us, but it's new for us in the U.S.," she said. "(Gokmen) is a cook and he owned a restaurant in Turkey for 20 years. Now we're trying to do our best in the U.S."

About two to three months of work and preparation remain before Troy Grille can open its doors, Kalkavan said, noting that she couldn't be more specific yet because of contruction.

"It took a lot of hoops to jump through, and we're really excited to get it open," she said.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1127 or kmcdonald@recordpub.com

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