Food News: Crew Stadium announces local food vendors; Shade’s Restaurant gets new owner

Restaurant openings, closings and more Central Ohio food and drink news

Erin Edwards
Legacy Smokehouse is one of several local restaurants being featured in the new Crew Stadium.

Openings & Announcements 

Columbus Crew SC announced some of the food and beverage offerings that will fill the brand-new Crew Stadium when it opens this summer (hopefully). According to a press release, “40 percent of the concourse dining locations around the stadium will be dedicated to local partners.” The initial roster of local restaurants and breweries that will be located around the stadium include: Barrio Tacos, Crafted Culture Brewing, Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace, Donatos Pizza, Dos Hermanos, Gemüt Biergarten, Hot Chicken Takeover, Legacy Smokehouse, Preston’s: A Burger Joint and Schmidt’s. 

Chef Valter Veliu, the owner of Valter's at the Maennerchor, announced on Facebook that he’s purchased Shade’s Restaurant at 2486 S. High St., which has been shut down since May because of the pandemic. Veliu says the South Side greasy spoon will remain a diner, but he's giving it a new name: Shade’s French Toast House. An opening date has not yet been set. 

The Crispy Coop has expanded its footprint with a second location at 1510 Cross Creeks Blvd. in Pickerington. The new fried chicken joint opened on March 5. After closing his Uncle Nick’s Greek Fried Chicken franchise in Grandview, Drew Cleary opened his first location of The Crispy Coop a year ago in Grandview, with an eye toward expansion. “We would love to be on every side of Columbus,” Cleary told Columbus Monthly recently. Cleary’s partner in The Crispy Coop is Xuegong Chen, a co-founder of the Poké Bros. chain, which now has more than 40 stores in nine states and counting. 

Galla Park Restaurant & Lounge is set to open in April at 900 N. High St. in the Short North. The Cincinnati-based concept promises a high-energy, modern steakhouse experience complete with a lounge and DJ. A grand opening will be announced soon.  


Hai Poke announced last week on social media that it's shuttering its Downtown location at 194 S. High St. On the bright side, Hai Poke owners Mico Cordero and Nile Woodson also announced that they “have decided to pass along our Downtown location to some homies who will be bringing a new and delicious concept to life.” Hai Poke’s flagship location in the Short North remains open at 647 N. High St.