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Kent restaurant The Battleground embraces social justice on its plates, in its glasses

The Battleground, a new restaurant in Kent, is founded on social justice, craft beer and sense of community pride. KENT, Ohio – Kirk and Rosi Peruyero-Noden’s restaurant just to the west of the Kent State University campus is built on flavorful Mexican food, locally made craft beer, a strong dose of social justice, a lot of history and community pride.

The Battleground opened in January, only to be met with coronavirus restrictions in March. They tried takeout for a while and closed in April. They are open for contactless curbside pickup and delivery.

“Not that tacos and tequila isn’t necessary, but if we were really supposed to be sheltering at home and not going out at all, does it make sense to have six or seven people coming in?” said Kirk Noden, who grew up in Munroe Falls and who owns the restaurant with his wife. Rosi is originally from Papantla, Mexico, about 190 miles to the northeast of Mexico City and about 465 miles south of Texas.

The couple is building a patio and will “evaluate” where things stand in June for a true re-opening.

“The timing,” he said, “is a little bit crazy.”

What’s not crazy is their belief that the […]

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