Hall of Fame Village to include Don Shula’s restaurant

Torri Donley

The Hall of Fame Village in Canton will be home to a new Don Shula’s signature restaurant, which will be an anchor at the massive project’s retail promenade. Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Co., which owns the Hall of Fame Village in Canton, made the announcement on Thursday, Oct. […]

The Hall of Fame Village in Canton will be home to a new Don Shula’s signature restaurant, which will be an anchor at the massive project’s retail promenade.

Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Co., which owns the Hall of Fame Village in Canton, made the announcement on Thursday, Oct. 8.

The casual fine dining restaurant will pay homage to the late Shula, who died earlier this year and was pro football’s winningest head coach. The eatery, expected to open in late 2021, will highlight Shula’s coaching career, as well as his Ohio upbringing. The site will include never-before-seen Shula memorabilia, the release stated.

“Our vision for the Hall of Fame Village powered by Johnson Controls has generated excitement from well-known brands who want to be part of the experience we are creating in Canton, like Don Shula’s,” said Michael Crawford, president and CEO of the Village, in a statement. “We are thrilled that our first tenant for the Retail Promenade is one with strong ties to both Northeast Ohio and professional football.”

Shula was a Grand River native who attended high school in Painesville and later went to John Carroll University. He attended graduate school at Western Reserve University (now Case Western Reserve University). His NFL career started with the Browns and went on to a long coach as a career. He coached the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins, and his 347 career wins are the most of all time.

Shula’s Restaurant Group was founded in 1989 and offers casual fine dining under several brands: the Shula’s Steak House, Shula’s 2 Steak & Sports, Shula’s Bar & Grill, 347 Grille and Shula Burger.

The massive Hall of Fame Village project has completed its $250 million first phase, which features the renovation of Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium and construction of the National Youth Football and Sports Complex. The second phase, estimated at $300 million, has plans for an indoor water park, two hotels, a center for excellence with office and dining options, the retail promenade and a performance center.

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