AKRON, Ohio — Akron’s iconic 88-year-old Bob’s Hamburg, 1351 East Avenue, is getting new ownership after two local showmen decided to buy the joint known for its small, no frills burgers and other food, according to an article from News 5 media partners at the Akron Beacon Journal.
The new owners are Josh Sines, a Republican candidate for mayor of Akron and a weekend ring announcer for mixed martial arts and wrestling matches, and his business partner Jeremy Caudill, a promoter of local pro-wrestling and mixed martial arts events.
Caudill operated the Akron Fright Fest, which drew national attention for its actors’ antics in the R-rated haunted house.
Aimee Buckeye, who has owned Bob’s with her husband Dan since 2011, said she began quietly looking for a buyer last year as she switched her focus to pursue a degree in nursing.
Buckeye told the Akron Beacon Journal last year that she wasn’t diligently looking for a buyer, but it the right one came along, she would sell it.
Owner Aimee Buckeye, left, talks with customers in 2014. Photo: Beacon Journal/Ohio.com file photo.
Well, that time has come. Sines saw on social media last month the sale price had dropped from $145,000 to $110,000, which prompted him and Caudill to contact Buckeye.
Having been friends since college, Sines and Caudill don’t plan on messing with the original, down-to-earth atmosphere, but they do plan on adding some new items to the menu, including sauerkraut balls and sliders.
The two friends will take over operations on April 15.