For three decades, the Ohio Light Opera (OLO) has produced premier opera culled from around the world. The OLO attracts 22,000 aria-aficionados annually, to the chagrin of staffers saddled with sweeping up shattered monocles. In recent years, the company has expanded its repertoire to include Broadway staples such as Camelot, Loewe and Lerner’s rumination on the more musical moments of King Arthur’s reign paired with the more dramatic patches of his relationship with the Lancelot-lusting Guinevere. Alternately, Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera The Pirates of Penzance illuminates the classic tale of a pirate-turned-police-officer’s quest to vanquish vandals of the high seas while winning the unbridled affection of the major-general’s daughter.
Voted No. 3 on the 2011 Beacon’s Best for top movie theaters, Lake Cinemas 8 advertises a rotating octet of first-run films on a nostalgic marquee that heralds the refurbished theater's entryway. Viewers settle into comfy seats as they share puffed kernels of corn, sip sodas, and, as the lights dim, recall fond memories of tunneling into bank vaults. Visitors can choose from a selection of popular new releases or anxiously anticipate a bevy of coming attractions.
The grill-masters at Legends sling up signature hot dogs, burgers, and traditional American fare to athletics aficionados in a casual sports-bar atmosphere. The menu showcases variations on a ballpark standard, such as the lucky dog, a half-pound of black Angus beef ($6.99), and the all-beef kosher t-o big dawg ($2.49), which fetches french fries on command. Pile puppies high with additional toppings of sauerkraut, chili, cheese, or jalapenos (75 cents each), or forego cylindrical meats in favor of the rodeo burger, a juicy patty anointed with a sizzling crown of bacon, cheddar, and onion straws ($7.99). Baskets of wings arrive swirled in chipotle lime, spicy barbecue, or one of 13 other sauces zestier than a quick-tempered umpire ($7 for 10 wings).
Demetri’s Deli serves up mouthwatering sandwiches and Greek-inspired lunch and dinner eats in a casual, welcoming atmosphere. Loaded potato skins fill spud canoes with cheddar, bacon bits, chives, and chopped-pepperoni cargo ($4.99), and the Reuben, Demetri’s specialty, tops USDA Choice corned-beef brisket with thousand-island dressing, sauerkraut, and swiss cheese ($7.99). Brazen taste explorers can vanquish scrumptious new ground with the Demetri burger, a 10-ounce fresh patty topped with salami, capicola, swiss and provolone cheeses, and tzatziki sauce ($8.25). Vegetable and Platonic enthusiasts alike may find fine rumination with a large greek salad served with a side of homemade dressing, grilled pita, and tzatziki sauce ($5.99) or the sedimentary layers of seasoned ground beef, macaroni, and béchamel sauce in the Pastitsio ($9). Diners can enjoy meals while watching TV or conducting Rorschach tests using the eatery's patterned walls and tiled bar.
A lengthy lineup of traditional game-day fare and a sports atmosphere captivate fans at Fox and Hound - Bailey's, where the kitchen remains open as late as its neighboring fully stocked bar. Chefs cook until the wee hours of the morning and always until the bar closes, baking Bavarian pretzel starters, crafting towers of onion rings, and preparing hand-battered chicken tenders that are cooked until they are golden brown. They blend their own seasonings to sprinkle over grilled-to-order burgers, and draw from a diverse roster of cheeses and toppings to crown their wood-oven-inspired flatbreads.
While manning the bars, bartenders tap into a stash of libations, such as UV Whipped vodka and Patron Silver tequila, to mix their specialty cocktails. To further foster a sporting ambiance, high-definition TVs glow with sports games and custom music-video playlists, and guests partake in pastimes of ump bashing, billiards, or competitive people watching.
Part of the Firestone Country Club, Hackers' cozy, family-friendly establishment is open to its links-loving members and the non-golfing public alike. The inviting glow of ten plasma screen televisions beckon guests to the bar, where Hackers serves a whistle-whetting list of domestic beers and wines by the glass ($4–8), as well as liquor and mixed drinks. Pub classics such as fish and chips ($12), pizza ($12–15), and customizable burgers ($8), vie for menu dominance against vitamin-laden salmon salads ($10) and Asian-inspired sweet and sour shrimp ($14). Golfers can continue to bully tiny spheres off the course and sink their teeth into an order of Akron sauerkraut balls ($6). The restaurant's atmosphere is comfy and cozy, with a toasty fireplace, golf-themed décor, and a wall of windows that look out onto the 9-hole course, allowing smug sandwich-eaters to marvel at how many strokes it takes some people to escape from the sandtrap.