CUYAHOGA FALLS — Those with fond memories of local restaurants long gone, or those wanting to find out more about past and present eateries in the area can find a whole menu of stories in "Classic Restaurants of Summit County," by historian Sharon Moreland Myers.
Myers, a graduate of Cuyahoga Falls High School and The University of Akron, will do book signings of her first book, which was published June 18 by History Press. The book signing is July 21 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Sand Run Pharmacy, at 40 Sand Run Road, and from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Learned Owl, at 204 N. Main Street in Hudson.
Royalties from the 171-page book will go to support Special Collections at the Akron-Summit County Public Library, Myers said.
Myers said that she and Judy James, former Director of Special Collections at the Akron/Summit County Public Library, put together an exhibit on the Golden Age of Restaurants in Summit County in 2015.
"When the History Press/Arcadia Publishing was looking for someone in the Akron area to write a book for them on restaurants, my name came up and they invited me to write the book," Myers said.
It took about six months to research material for the book and then a couple months of editing, she said.
"My father was one of the owners of Marcel's Restaurant that was on State Road in Cuyahoga Falls and was sold to Ernie Genovese in 1975 and turned into Art's Place," Myers said. "So I have a special place in my heart for the restaurants of Summit County."
Those who enjoyed the 2015 library display will find even more to savor in the book, Myers said.
"There are over 300 restaurants mentioned in the book and lots of photos," she said. "The time period runs from the 1800s until today, so this book encompasses more than the exhibit on the Golden Age of Restaurants, as that was from about 1950-1975."
One interesting morsel from her book, in her chapter about area supper clubs, is about Charles Masino, "the king of illegal gambling and bootlegging in the area," Myers said.
"He was like Teflon, and continued to slip out of being arrested and would open another place over and over," she said. "He ended up owing the IRS over a million dollars in 1930, so what kind of money was he making? And the kicker is, he lived over his parents' candy store while doing all of this."
For details and updates, visit "Classic Restaurants of Summit County" on Facebook, Myers said. The book can be found on Amazon.com and at the Akron main library gift shop.
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