Food hall and restaurant incubator opens in the historic Forest City Bank in Ohio City

Posted at 3:36 PM, Oct 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-26 15:36:01-04

Four restaurants inside one space — that's the latest concept opening in the historic Forest City Bank in Ohio City on Friday.

Inside the 7,500-square-foot space, four culinary concepts by four different chefs and a central bar give foodies options to eat and drink.

The Ohio City Galley, 1400 West 25th Street, is the Galley Group's third food hall, with the fourth opening this November in Detroit.  These food halls serve as launch pads for new culinary concepts where chefs can open in a low-risk and low-cost environment.

The group says chefs usually rotate on a yearly basis to make room for fresh, new ideas.

You can expect to see these first four chefs and restaurant concepts:

  • Poca Casual Mexican—created by Michael Nowak, this menu features ingredients that resemble the flavors of Mexico. Dishes range from Oaxacan Tamales with Masa steamed in banana leaf and Aguachile de Pulpo with charred jalapeno, onion, lime, avocado and cilantro.
  • The Rice Shop—Cleveland native Anthony Zappola uses American techniques with Asian ingredients. The menu will have eight creative bowls such as BBQ pork belly and Tofu Green Curry.
  • TINMAN—From brothers Michael Schoen and Tom Schoen, each dish brings back nostalgia, whether it's fried bologna, toast and autumn squash, or crispy chicken.
  • Sauce the City—created by Victor Searcy Jr., the menu offers crispy chicken with a signature sauce, as well as other dishes like Fire Roasted Street Corn and a Crispy Portobello Burger.

Street corn and crispy chicken sandwich from Sauce the City. Photo courtesy of Galley Group

Last but not least, the bar boasts 30 draft beers, a selection of wines and a cocktail menu paying homage to Cleveland's rich history. Moses Cleveland, named after the founder of Cleveland, is a perfect melody of bourbon, herbed plum syrup, citrus and soda.

The Mochiko Chicken from The Rice Shop. Photo courtesy of the Galley Group.

Food Hall is open for lunch and dinner—Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 9:00 pm.

Brunch and dinner will be served Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.