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Kennsington Grille Temporarily Closed to Expand Kitchen

CANFIELD, Ohio – Kennsington Grille began construction this week on expanding its kitchen to improve its customers’ dining experience, said Hank Robinson.

“The added space will allow us to spend a little bit more time in development of recipes and it’s going to impact food quality,” said Robinson, general manager of the restaurant. “It will also allow us to increase efficiency and productivity.”

The restaurant, opened in 2013, has panoramic views of Kennsington Golf Club and is open year round, though one of its biggest amenities for customers is dining on the patio during the warmer months.

With the expansion, the kitchen will double in size and will provide direct access onto the patio.

“We’re adding a door with the kitchen expansion that will allow servers access from the kitchen directly onto the patio,” said Alyssa Italiano, marketing director of CTW Development Corp. “We want to enhance the overall experience for the patio because it’s such an awesome place to be in the summer.”

The more than $100,000 expansion includes adding more walk-in coolers, freezers and other equipment. The company expects the project to be completed in a month, Italiano said, during which time the restaurant will be closed.

“We value our customers a lot, which is the reason why we’re doing this expansion,” she said. “They’ve been so great and loyal to us that we want to create the best dining experience we can for them.”

Kennsington Grille employs 35 workers and is currently accepting applications for more employees to help with work in the kitchen, as well as serving when it reopens.

At that time, Robison said he and his team will be revisiting the menu and looking at past favorite meals to bring back, in addition to some new options. “There’s going to be new features and the expansion will allow us to update the features more regularly than what we have in the past,” he said.

The restaurant has many regular customers, who Robinson said have welcomed the expansion with open arms. “Everybody is excited to see a good thing get better,” he said.

Another project under construction by CTW Development Corp. is Waypoint 4180, a new banquet center, which is expected to open this summer next to the Kennsington Golf Club.

“It’s a very large project and we’re really excited about it,” Italiano said.

Copyright 2019 The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.