by THOMAS GALLICK, DAVE O'BRIEN

RECORD-COURIER REPORTERS

Kent -- The Robin Hood Inn is no more after slightly more than 90 minutes of work May 12 by an excavator's claw.

Drivers slowed down while going through the intersection of East Main and Lincoln streets to take one last look at the Kent landmark, a tudor-style structure built in the 1930s.

Dr. John Jacobs was there to take photos for the Kent Historical Society and to say a fond farewell to a building that housed many happy memories.

Dan Brown, a Kent State University student who lives on Lincoln Street, said he just happened to catch the Robin Hood's demolition while driving home from work. "Seeing the Hood being destroyed is a little bit of a shock," he said. "It's very sad."

Stow resident Eric Marschik said he remembers the Robin Hood as one of Kent's nicest restaurants in the 1950s.

Christine Coven, the current owner of the Robin Hood property filed a demolition permit for the building with the city of Kent in April. City officials with knowledge of the building said it had significant structural issues, which could cost up to $500,000 to fix.

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