Ohio City Galley Food Hall announces its four new restaurant concepts ahead of summer opening

CLEVELAND - Cleveland, we love our food, and this summer a new kind of eating experience is coming soon to Ohio City to continue to feed the growing restaurant and bar scene all around Greater Cleveland.

Ohio City Galley, the soon-to-be-open food hall, will be in the 8,700 square-foot space on the corner of W. 25th Street and Detroit Avenue. It will bring four new restaurant concepts and a bar program, according the press release about the galley.

The idea was founded by Ben Mantica and Tyler Benson who started the Galley Group. The duo first brought the food hall experience to Pittsburgh with Smallman Galley. Then, they expanded to open Federal Galley, also in Pittsburgh, which will soon be followed by Ohio City Galley this summer and a Detroit location this fall.

The Galley Group said it provides talented chefs the opportunity to launch their restaurant concepts in a low-cost and low-risk environment. Each chef will be provided with a fully built-out kitchen to successfully launch their concept. The bar program will provide spaces for brewers and distillers.

"Our goal is to make local extraordinary by showcasing the very best culinary talent our city has to offer," the duo said about Pittsburgh on the Smallman Galley website. Now, they are carrying that same idea over to Cleveland.

The four concepts chosen to open in the Ohio City Galley are:

  • Poca Casual Mexican: From chef Micahel Nowak, the owner of The Black Pig and a twenty-year veteran to the Cleveland restaurant scene, Poca Casual Mexican will focus on authentic preparations and feature dishes from simple salsas to braised meats, and fresh corn tortillas will be prepared from scratch.
  • The Rice Shop: Cleveland-native Anthony Zappola, who recently opened his own delicatessen, is combining Southern American techniques and Asian ingredients to create a new kind of rice bowl.
  • TINMAN: Brothers and Cleveland-natives Michael and Tom Schoen will pay tribute to Cleveland with dishes and flavors reminding them of their experiences growing up, particularly in their mother's kitchen.
  • Sauce the City: Victor Searcy Jr. will feature his own signature line of seasoning sauces from his company Appling Food Products LLC. The menu of steak and vegetarian burgers, sandwiches, seasonal salads and more will be accompanied by his signature seasoning sauces, including his most popular, D'E'TE.
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