Eddies Famous Cheesesteaks & Grille Open On Main Street

Ed Sutter, local Akron entrepreneur and owner of Eddies Famous Cheesesteaks & Grille, shares how his vision of the new restaurant came to life.

By Alyssa Alexsonshk, News Contributor

Despite the ongoing pandemic, Eddies Famous Cheesesteaks & Grille, originally opened 28 years ago, opened a new location at 147 S Main St.

When the name Ed Sutter wanted for his pizzaria was taken, he decided to use the name of his favorite uncle.

“Everyone likes Uncle Eddie,” Sutter said. “So I thought wow, that is a great name. So yes it is my name, but I would have to say I attribute that to my Uncle that I was named after.”

Sutter has traveled the US. with his fan favorite foods at fairs, festivals, and several years in Panama City. After meeting a cat named “Eddie” in Panama City, Sutter decided to stay there and perfect his perfect cheesesteak.

Eddies is back in Akron and is a must visit destination for their “Street Food Elevated”. Eddies Famous Cheesesteaks and Grill menu has a wide variety to appeal to its customers or fans called  “Eddies Nation.”

There is a bit of everything for everyone from the 1 lb piled high Cheesesteak on Amorosos roll to vegetarian options and the brand new “Slammers”.

You can even build your own cheesesteak. The Condi-bar has house made sauces, Cleveland pickles, and house made ketchup to top it off. Don’t forget to get Eddies Award Winning Fries.

The new Main Street location’s atmosphere is almost like a stepping into a masterfully designed Akron History Museum.

Jason Wein from Cleveland Art helped Sutter brainstorm ideas for the look of Eddies. Sutter wanted to keep an industrial look mirroring Akron being an industrial city.

Akron and Eddies’ history is told through art. Zach Slavin created a 40 ft long mural on one wall that took about 2 months to create of different iconic Akron sites that brings back memories for Sutter.

“I wanted to create a place where people come in and want to take a picture and share it on social media,” Sutter said.

Eddies also finds value in giving back to the community. Sutter has lost two sisters to cancer, Michelle and Mary Ann, inspiring a foundation to help fight Cancer.

Being a four time Boston Marathon runner, Sutter created a run for the Four Leaf Clover Foundation that has raised $60,000 for local cancer patients with partners Project Ed Bear and Steven A Comunale Jr. Family Cancer Foundation.

COVID-19 canceled the race this year, but they will be back for a reboot next year since it would have been his 5th annual race. Nonetheless, $16,000 was still raised for his foundation this year without the race.