Howie's is exicted to announce their partnership with Chef Dick Kanatzar! Chef Dick is now running Howie's kitchen and providing fresh, local bar food for your
Chef Dick is as “Akron, Ohio – born and raised” as they come. He is a local
product of the 330 that believes in his city and the revitalization of his home town. He brings a locally inspired cuisine with twists and flavors from all over the world. His farm to table practice
and use of sustainable seafood literally brings a fresh outlook to your table.
Chef Dick’s fascination with cooking started at a young age. He started in
his first professional kitchen at the age of 16. After high school, Chef Dick served as a corporate chef and trainer for the Michigan-based, Brann’s Steakhouse, and then returned to Akron to become
the sous chef at Vaccaro’s from 2003 until 2009. Shortly after, he left to turn around the food and beverage program for a country club in Clearwater, Florida. However, the love he has for is
hometown and state never wavered. He returned to Cleveland in 2011 to help open Cleveland’s Noodlecat, along with a stint at The Greenhouse Tavern. After that gig, Raphael Vaccaro invited him back,
this time as executive chef. He has used this experience to hone his skills and please the pallets of Akron in a way that no one else has ever done before.
Chef Dick is also the co-owner of Chop & Swizzle in Green and Akron.