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Culver’s holds groundbreaking at new location on Everhard Road

Patricia Faulhaber
Suburbanite correspondent
Steven M. Meeks of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes the partners of the new Culver's of Canton during a groundbreaking event on Sept. 1 at the proposed location on Everhard Road where the Perkins Restaurant & Bakery has been for decades.

JACKSON TWP. The year 2021 is starting to sound better than this past year with the announcement that Culver’s eatery will be opening on Everhard Road in the first quarter of next year.

The restaurant owners held a groundbreaking ceremony on Sept. 1, with members of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce at the site, which is where the Perkins Restaurant & Bakery was open for decades. The Lehar family are the owners of Culver’s of Canton including Doug, Tammy and son, Ryan, who will be the manager at this location. Two additional partners are Josh Clark and Steve Buchmeier.

Culver’s of Canton will be a 4,330 square foot building with 124 seats inside and patio seating for 48. There also will be a drive-thru lane and window.

The national chain dates to 1984 when Craig and Lea Culver, along with Craig’s parents, George and Ruth, opened the first Culver's in the family’s hometown of Sauk City, Wis. They started building their reputation on ButterBurgers and frozen custard. Today, there are more than 740 locations across the United States.

According to www.culvers.com, Craig Culver believes it’s the fact the company never compromises on quality. Starting with sourcing the best ingredients and continuing through to the way the food is prepared where each meal is made fresh.

Each restaurant uses fresh, never frozen beef and whole, white meat chicken from family farms and fresh dairy for the frozen custard. Every ButterBurger is cooked to order and topped with a lightly buttered, toasted bun. The fresh frozen custard is made in small batches in the restaurant all day.

The Jackson Township location will be the third franchise for Doug Lehar. He owns others in Avon and Strongsville. Ryan Lehar will be the active partner at the Jackson Township location. Overall, there are 14 Culver’s locations throughout Ohio.

“I grew up in Akron and used to come to Canton to watch Canton McKinley play the Massillon Tigers and I’ve always been a big fan of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, so I’m very familiar with Canton,” Ryan Lehar said. “The culture of Culver’s fits with the culture in Stark County. The company is big on giving back to the community. Plus, it is family owned and family means everything to company.”

He added that he spent 10 years in Wisconsin and became familiar with and later worked with the Culver’s chain for seven years.

The restaurant is known for its ButterBurgers made with fresh beef and topped with a lightly buttered, toasted bun. Customers can get them in single, double or triple sizes. They also come in different styles such as the sourdough melt, Wisconsin’s swiss melt, bacon deluxe cheddar ButterBurger along with others. The company also offers a gluten free bun.

Culver’s also serves soups, salads, chicken sandwiches and tenders, seafood sandwiches and dinners, fresh salads and value baskets along with all of the frozen custard options and shakes, malts and floats.

The partners in the new Culver's of Canton, a growing national chain, lift the first shovels of dirt at their new location where the Perkins Restaurant & Bakery has been for decades on Everhard Road. From left, site manager and partner Ryan Lehar, partner Doug Lehar, partner Tammy Lehar, partner Steve Buchmeier, partner Josh Clark and contractor/builder Jason Tusing.