Nuevo Modern Mexican & Tequila Bar and NEO Catering by Nuevo are both the extraordinary work of the late owner and Executive Chef, Zack Hirt. Zack realized he wanted to cook while taking Home Economics class in 1988. Born and raised in Highland Square, he has always worked in and around Akron. His first paying job was at the Akron Art Museum, where he served soda at art lectures. After, Zack worked in the food service industry such places as the Mustard Seed Market, Piatto (under Roger Thomas), The Bistro on Main, and the Amber Pub, where he was the Executive Chef. The opening of Nuevo ends an 8 year stint as the sauté chef at Crave.