The new dining spot tops the 167-room Canopy by Hilton hotel in the Arena District.

As they say in sports when something big happens: Act like you’ve been there before. But even though we’ve seen other hip rooftop openings in this city of late, Goodale Station, the restaurant and lounge atop the new Canopy by Hilton Columbus Downtown-Short North, still provides a giddy first impression, with sweeping views of Downtown, the Short North and Goodale Park.

Named after one of the city’s founding fathers, Dr. Lincoln Goodale, the 12th-floor restaurant and bar opens at 4 p.m. today, at 77 E. Nationwide Blvd. A dedicated public elevator takes guests to the rooftop from the hotel’s main entrance.

Overseeing the “creative American” menu is executive chef Tripp Mauldin, a Montgomery, Alabama, native and graduate of Johnson & Wales University’s culinary school in Colorado. Mauldin’s Southern roots are certainly an influence on the menu—with Benton’s country ham, fried green tomatoes and shrimp and grits making an appearance—but this isn’t an exclusively Southern menu, as Asian, Mexican and other international flavors also come into play. Here’s a preview of what’s in store.


Goodale Station’s rooftop view looking south. Photo by Erin Edwards

Goodale Station will be open daily, starting at 4 p.m. The indoor and outdoor spaces will accommodate about 200 people combined. Photo by Erin Edwards

Oysters with a cucumber-green apple mignonette. Photo by Erin Edwards

A chocolate dessert from Goodale Station. Photo by Erin Edwards

Goodale Station's drink menu features craft beer, wine and 12 craft cocktails, including three large-format libations (serving 3 to 8 people). The bar staff went through rigorous training by a team from Death & Co., the New York institution. Photo by Erin Edwards

The Two Left Feet cocktail, a mezcal riff on a Manhattan. Photo by Erin Edwards

Goodale Station’s private dining room, available by reservation. Photo by Erin Edwards