NOMZ founders pass torch at Akron restaurant to explore food, starting in Bali

New NOMZ owner Roy Wright, from left, with co-owners Jamie Krum and Bill Simoes, who will both be working in the kitchen, and former owners Sam and Kass LaVictoire. The LaVictoires will soon embark on some world travel.

New NOMZ proprietor Roy Wright, from still left, with co-house owners Jamie Krum and Invoice Simoes, who will both equally be performing in the kitchen, and former homeowners Sam and Kass LaVictoire. The LaVictoires will soon embark on some world vacation.

NOMZ eatery founders Kass and Sam LaVictoire have hung up their Akron aprons and bought their eatery at Northside Market, with a approach to journey, rediscover food items and gain new competencies in the kitchen area.

Their initial stop: Bali.

The newlyweds, who grew up down the avenue from each individual other in West Akron, remaining Sunday for the Indonesian island, wherever they will devote two months checking out vegan dining places and wanting for culinary inspiration.

“We are using a chance to prioritize growing our expertise and vacation the earth. The strategy is to rediscover food stuff and ourselves, to be able to construct the principle of our goals someday,” mentioned Kass LaVictoire, 26.

Having in excess of NOMZ at Northside Market, which the LaVictoires ran for more than three many years, are Roy Wright and his fiancee, Jamie Krum, of Springfield Township and Wright’s brother, Invoice Simoes of Shaker Heights. The sale features the massive adjacent NOMZ coffee and bar, which the LaVictoires took more than in June.

They prepare to retain NOMZ’s personnel of 13 and keep on to use the original recipes at the counter-model restaurant recognized for its scratch cooking and seasonal menus. Virtually all of the recipes had been created by Sam LaVictoire, with a couple of invented by Kass.

“Everything’s going to remain the exact. If it really is not broke, do not fix it,” Wright explained at the cafe March 23.

Former owner Sam LaVictoire, left, assists new co-owner Bill Simoes in preparing NOMZ signature sandwiches and other dishes March 23 at the Northside Marketplace restaurant in Akron.

Previous owner Sam LaVictoire, left, assists new co-owner Monthly bill Simoes in preparing NOMZ signature sandwiches and other dishes March 23 at the Northside Marketplace cafe in Akron.

Essential to the transition will be help from staffer Gabe LaVictoire, Sam’s 26-yr-previous brother and former suitable-hand man.

Through March, the LaVictoires skilled the new house owners, who formally took in excess of March 28. The teaching incorporated kitchen function as well as executing the cafe grocery list, ringing up customers and conference distributors.

Sam LaVictoire was working with Simoes March 23 on producing an avocado black bean sandwich as Kass and Krum traded off producing vegan bacon, brushing rice paper with a property-designed marinade right before baking it in the oven. The outcome results in the texture and “a minor bit of the bacony taste” of regular bacon, Kass claimed.

NOMZ former owners strategy culinary journey before return to Akron

Kass, 26, and Sam, 29, mentioned they’re in no rush on their culinary journey. Following Bali, they program to return to the United States and invest about two months every single in distinctive locales in the South and Southwest to start, such as Charleston South Carolina, New Orleans, Atlanta and metropolitan areas in Texas.

Kass LaVictoire, left, former owner of NOMZ in the Northside Marketplace, instructs new co-owner Jamie Krum on how to prepare a NOMZ dish March 23 in Akron.

Kass LaVictoire, left, former owner of NOMZ in the Northside Marketplace, instructs new co-operator Jamie Krum on how to get ready a NOMZ dish March 23 in Akron.

At initial, Sam failed to want to promote. The few had expressed interest in going NOMZ, which experienced expanded twice at Northside Market, to the Bowery venture on Principal Road.

But then they thought about the investment expected to get a new brick-and-mortar company off the ground and realized they failed to have the capabilities they wanted with distinctive cuisines and unique kinds of kitchens.

“We had been fairly younger when we begun with NOMZ,” stated Sam. “There is a lot of life experiences we nonetheless form of are hunting forward to.”

In the course of their honeymoon in Greece in September, the couple recognized they experienced to decide both to expand their business enterprise or enable it go though it was accomplishing perfectly. NOMZ did its most significant small business nonetheless in 2021 — $500,000 in income.

“We truly loved traveling and consuming meals in Greece, so we just wanted to be equipped to give a lot more to Akron in the potential,” Kass claimed.

Now, they’ll discover much more journey and additional meals, explained Sam, who previously worked as a line cook dinner at Mustard Seed Market and Cafe. He’s generally worked in kitchens, acquiring aspired to be a chef because he was a child.

The couple’s journey will be open up-ended, but their finish intention is to return to Akron and open up a further cafe.

“Perhaps inside two to a few years we will be back in Akron,” Sam said.

Sam LaVictoire, former owner of NOMZ, prepares a signature avocado black bean sandwich as he helps train the eatery's new owners.

Sam LaVictoire, former owner of NOMZ, prepares a signature avocado black bean sandwich as he will help prepare the eatery’s new owners.

He is looking forward to experimenting with Southern food stuff, which includes Creole cooking, immediately after returning from Bali.

“Functioning with seafood is some thing that I would enjoy seeking,” Sam said.

“I’ve normally just been variety of like an entrepreneur frame of mind, so I’ve normally just been the force for Sam,” Kass claimed.

The LaVictoires also have the seasonal Treatery at Northside Market, which capabilities rolled ice product and dessert tacos, up for sale.

To continue to keep up with the couple’s food stuff journey, see their website junipertravelz on Instagram or TikTok.

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Timing, vibe ideal to buy NOMZ eatery

The new NOMZ entrepreneurs stated the vibe of the Akron eatery and bar as properly as the timing to acquire were being correct.

“Monthly bill and I had been on the lookout for enterprises to order in the Akron place for a though now. We failed to seriously obtain something that caught our eye till we noticed this, and when we arrived in, we knew it was a fantastic fit,” Wright reported.

The brothers and Krum, who to start with visited NOMZ in February as prospects to check out the foods, stated they appreciated every thing about the eatery. They especially liked the beer-marinated Citra Pet sandwich for its tender meat and a wide variety of tacos.

“We considered the food items was genuinely superior. The bar is magnificent, this look at listed here. The place is amazing,” Krum mentioned of the wall of home windows behind the bar overlooking the Cascade Valley below.

Krum claimed the way Sam brings together elements in his recipes is “just about like a science. He balances out the sweet and savory, and he is so very good at that.”

The a few claimed they are not likely to improve the NOMZ recipes or sauces produced from scratch by Sam. They will also maintain switching out the restaurant’s menu each time.

The new entrepreneurs also recognize that NOMZ has a loyal vegan subsequent. Vegan items make up 30% of the menu and 50% of total income.

Wright and Simoes run their Advertising and marketing Bros. Company remotely, with Wright acquiring a background in advertising and Simoes in company management. At NOMZ, Simoes, 25, will be kitchen area supervisor when Wright, 31, will concentrate on building partnerships, the site and marketing.

Krum, 32, who has a history as an administrative assistant, will run the administrative aspect of NOMZ.

The avocado black bean sandwich with turkey at NOMZ.

The avocado black bean sandwich with turkey at NOMZ.

Hrs will keep on being the similar, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. See nomzeatz.com for a lot more info.

Simoes and the many others reported they respect possessing a meticulous road map to abide by to operate the business enterprise. All of the restaurant’s procedures have been documented and laminated by Kass, such as recipes, cook dinner situations, temperatures and how to slice issues.

“It was all mainly like a handbook to follow,” Simoes mentioned.

“That helps with us not acquiring restaurant encounter to be capable to arrive in and select up factors the place they remaining off,” mentioned Wright, who acquired a specific checklist from Kass for turning over the enterprise the day they achieved.

Arts and restaurant author Kerry Clawson could be attained at 330-996-3527 or [email protected]

This report originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Homeowners sell Akron’s NOMZ eatery, acquire off to examine travel, cuisine

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