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    Cafe Arnone launches new downtown spot in atrium of Akron Municipal Court

    By Kerry Clawson, Akron Beacon Journal,


    Cafe Arnone, which opened for business this spring at its new location in the atrium of the Akron Municipal Court Building, has been adding some of its Italian flavor to the downtown Akron scene.

    The courthouse moved from the deteriorating Harold K. Stubbs Center to the newly renovated, former Oliver Ocasek Building nearby at 172 S. Broadway St. in November. What many people don't know is that the lunch counter at the courthouse's new home offers several sandwiches, a Mediterranean salad, pastries and just about all the drinks you can get at Cafe Arnone's original Fairlawn location.

    Those drinks include everything from Bicerin — chocolate sauce, a double shot of espresso and steamed half and half — to a Shakerato, which is a shaken, iced espresso capped with frothy foam.

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    "(It's a) very quick, convenient and a pretty great add-on for the people in the building," co-owner Rocco LaRose said of Cafe Arnone at the downtown courthouse, which serves folks including judges, lawyers, people on jury duty, police, and those at traffic and small claims courts.

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    Now, Cafe Arnone wants the downtown public to also know about the new eatery. Hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The sole entrance to the building is on South Broadway.

    LaRose plans to offer a call-ahead ordering service soon and intends to run orders out to the curb for those in cars. Stay tuned to Cafe Arnone on Facebook for future updates.

    He'll also be adding pre-scooped single servings of gelato in a variety of flavors by mid-July.

    MPG Architects, which designed both Arnone's original Fairlawn floor plan and was in charge of the downtown Ocasek building renovation, connected Cafe Arnone to the project to provide food and drink at the new courthouse building.


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