The Buckeye Hall of Fame Grill at Grandview Yard will have a touch of legendary Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes after all.

The Buckeye Hall of Fame Grill at Grandview Yard will have a touch of legendary Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes after all.

After initially rejecting the concept in September, the Grandview Heights Planning Commission Oct. 20 approved Nationwide Realty Investors' proposal of a projecting sign for the restaurant, which is slated to open in November.

In September, the commission approved NRI's application for the restaurant's signage with the condition that a Woody Hayes cap be removed from the marquee sign on Yard Street. The approved sign included a Block "O."

Commission members had expressed concern that the cap was not appropriate aesthetically for the building or the neighborhood.

In presenting a reapplication for the cap to be included as part of the sign, Keith Meyers of MSI Architects said the hat would provide a prominent identification for the Buckeye Hall of Fame Grill.

With a business identification sign, "the goal is to allow the business to identify themselves in an individual way, that it's a different storefront and an exciting place," he said.

The other businesses already open in the first phase of the Yard, Urban Active and Jason's Deli, have their own signs that reflect their images and brands, Meyers said.

The reapplication included some changes, he said, including a repositioning of the hat so that it faces out toward Yard Street, the development's main street, and a lowering of the sign by nearly almost 18 inches.

"The hat is an iconic image of the restaurant and an iconic image of the university," Meyers said. "It has been approved by the university."

The cap will add "some controlled whimsy" to the project, he said.

"We'd like to see a little bit of that" in place as other areas of the development move forward, Meyers said.

"The hat with the sign may not be the first thing that catches your attention, but when you see it, you'll remember it," said Jim Rost, NRI's vice-president of development and construction. "We feel it is the right answer and right statement for this business."

According to John Kuss, the city's director of building and zoning, it was suggested by Mayor Ray DeGraw and Patrik Bowman, director of administration/economic development, that NRI reapply to the commission for the sign's approval. They were not present at the Oct. 20 meeting.

The other alternative would have been for the development to file an appeal with city council "which seemed somewhat like overkill," Kuss said.

Commission member Tom Komlanc asked if there was a guarantee that if the restaurant went out of business that the sign would not stay up for the next occupant.

Any new occupant would need a new sign application, Meyers said.

NRI, as owner of the building, would want the sign to come down if the restaurant moved out, Rost said.

Commission member Robert Wandel said he had been concerned about the "controlled whimsy" the hat would bring to the site and that it might create a precedent that would bring such a character to other locations in the city.

But looking at the design for the sign a second time, "I think it's tastefully done and probably acceptable for this type of business," he said.

"The proportion is much better and the graphics are better," Wandel said.