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 owner Roy Wright, from left, with co-house owners Jamie Krum and Bill Simoes, who will both equally be performing in the kitchen area, and former entrepreneurs Sam and Kass LaVictoire. The LaVictoires will shortly embark on some world travel.

NOMZ eatery founders Kass and Sam LaVictoire have hung up their Akron aprons and sold their eatery at Northside Market, with a system to travel, rediscover food items and gain new capabilities in the kitchen.

Their initially halt: Bali.

The newlyweds, who grew up down the avenue from every other in West Akron, still left Sunday for the Indonesian island, in which they’re going to spend two months exploring vegan eating places and on the lookout for culinary inspiration.

“We’re taking a threat to prioritize expanding our abilities and travel the earth. The plan is to rediscover foodstuff and ourselves, to be equipped to build the idea of our goals sometime,” stated Kass LaVictoire, 26.

Getting above NOMZ at Northside Market, which the LaVictoires ran for much more than 3 several years, are Roy Wright and his fiancee, Jamie Krum, of Springfield Township and Wright’s brother, Bill Simoes of Shaker Heights. The sale incorporates the huge adjacent NOMZ espresso and bar, which the LaVictoires took around in June.

They prepare to retain NOMZ’s staff of 13 and keep on to use the authentic recipes at the counter-design and style cafe known for its scratch cooking and seasonal menus. Practically all of the recipes ended up designed by Sam LaVictoire, with a handful of invented by Kass.

“Everything’s likely to stay the exact same. If it is not broke, you should not resolve it,” Wright reported 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 operator Sam LaVictoire, left, helps new co-operator Bill Simoes in planning NOMZ signature sandwiches and other dishes March 23 at the Northside Market cafe in Akron.

Essential to the changeover will be help from staffer Gabe LaVictoire, Sam’s 26-year-old brother and former right-hand gentleman.

During March, the LaVictoires skilled the new owners, who officially took in excess of March 28. The instruction integrated kitchen operate as effectively as executing the cafe grocery record, ringing up shoppers and assembly suppliers.

Sam LaVictoire was performing with Simoes March 23 on making an avocado black bean sandwich as Kass and Krum traded off building vegan bacon, brushing rice paper with a property-produced marinade prior to baking it in the oven. The outcome results in the texture and “a small bit of the bacony taste” of traditional bacon, Kass stated.

NOMZ former house owners system culinary journey right before return to Akron

Kass, 26, and Sam, 29, reported they are in no hurry on their culinary journey. Just after Bali, they plan to return to the United States and commit about two months just about every in distinctive locales in the South and Southwest to begin, including 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, remaining, former owner of NOMZ in the Northside Marketplace, instructs new co-proprietor Jamie Krum on how to prepare a NOMZ dish March 23 in Akron.

At initial, Sam didn’t want to promote. The couple experienced expressed curiosity in shifting NOMZ, which experienced expanded two times at Northside Market, to the Bowery venture on Key Street.

But then they thought about the expenditure expected to get a new brick-and-mortar business enterprise off the floor and realized they didn’t have the skills they wished with various cuisines and diverse variations of kitchens.

“We were being very young when we began with NOMZ,” claimed Sam. “You can find a large amount of lifestyle encounters we still kind of are hunting forward to.”

In the course of their honeymoon in Greece in September, the pair understood they had to make a decision either to grow their organization or permit it go whilst it was executing effectively. NOMZ did its most important business but in 2021 — $500,000 in product sales.

“We really appreciated traveling and eating foodstuff in Greece, so we just preferred to be ready to provide extra to Akron in the potential,” Kass claimed.

Now, they are going to examine extra travel and extra foods, stated Sam, who previously labored as a line cook dinner at Mustard Seed Current market and Cafe. He’s usually labored in kitchens, owning aspired to be a chef considering the fact that he was a kid.

The couple’s journey will be open up-ended, but their conclusion purpose is to return to Akron and open up a different restaurant.

“Probably inside two to 3 years we will be back again in Akron,” Sam explained.

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

Sam LaVictoire, previous proprietor of NOMZ, prepares a signature avocado black bean sandwich as he assists practice the eatery’s new homeowners.

He is wanting forward to experimenting with Southern food stuff, such as Creole cooking, after returning from Bali.

“Performing with seafood is something that I would enjoy attempting,” Sam said.

“I have normally just been variety of like an entrepreneur state of mind, so I have often just been the thrust for Sam,” Kass explained.

The LaVictoires also have the seasonal Treatery at Northside Marketplace, which attributes rolled ice cream and dessert tacos, up for sale.

To keep up with the couple’s meals journey, see their blog site junipertravelz on Instagram or TikTok.

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Timing, vibe appropriate to obtain NOMZ eatery

The new NOMZ owners stated the vibe of the Akron eatery and bar as effectively as the timing to invest in ended up proper.

“Invoice and I experienced been searching for organizations to buy in the Akron area for a although now. We didn’t truly uncover anything at all that caught our eye till we saw this, and when we arrived in, we knew it was a great fit,” Wright said.

The brothers and Krum, who initially frequented NOMZ in February as customers to check out the food stuff, claimed they preferred almost everything about the eatery. They in particular enjoyed the beer-marinated Citra Pet sandwich for its tender meat and a range of tacos.

“We imagined the meals was really fantastic. The bar is amazing, this check out right here. The area is unbelievable,” Krum claimed of the wall of home windows behind the bar overlooking the Cascade Valley under.

Krum said the way Sam brings together ingredients in his recipes is “pretty much like a science. He balances out the sweet and savory, and he’s so very good at that.”

The 3 stated they are not going to change the NOMZ recipes or sauces created from scratch by Sam. They will also keep switching out the restaurant’s menu each and every season.

The new owners also recognize that NOMZ has a loyal vegan following. Vegan goods make up 30% of the menu and 50% of whole product sales.

Wright and Simoes operate their Promoting Bros. Agency remotely, with Wright acquiring a qualifications in internet marketing and Simoes in enterprise administration. At NOMZ, Simoes, 25, will be kitchen area manager whilst Wright, 31, will target on constructing partnerships, the web page and advertising and marketing.

Krum, 32, who has a background as an administrative assistant, will operate the administrative facet 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 same, 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 extra info.

Simoes and the others explained they respect getting a meticulous road map to adhere to to operate the enterprise. All of the restaurant’s procedures have been documented and laminated by Kass, such as recipes, prepare dinner periods, temperatures and how to slice factors.

“It was all basically like a guide to abide by,” Simoes reported.

“That allows with us not getting cafe expertise to be equipped to come in and decide on up issues where by they left off,” claimed Wright, who received a in-depth checklist from Kass for turning around the enterprise the working day they satisfied.

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

This article at first appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Proprietors sell Akron’s NOMZ eatery, take off to check out journey, cuisine