A former Buckeye great is being added to the lineup at Grandview Yard.

A former Buckeye great is being added to the lineup at Grandview Yard.

Nationwide Realty Investors, developer of the Yard, announced Jan. 13 that Eddie George's Grille 27 will move from its current location on High Street in the South Campus Gateway area to the 8,000-square-foot space at 775 Yard St., previously occupied by the Buckeye Hall of Fame Grill.

The Buckeye Hall of Fame closed Saturday, Jan. 16, and renovation of the space will begin immediately, said Marc Buehler, president of g3 Restaurants, owner of the Eddie George brand.

The restaurant is named after Heisman Trophy winner and Ohio State University graduate Eddie George.

The Eddie George's Grille 27 on North High Street will remain open while the new space is renovated, he said.

"We expect to be open at the Yard in late spring," Buehler said.

The Buckeye Hall of Fame Grill was owned by NRI and operated by Columbus Hospitality Management, NRI spokeswoman Tina Guegold said.

It opened in 2010 during the first phase of development at the Yard.

The restaurant's five-year license agreement with Ohio State expired last fall, Guegold said.

"The timing gave us the opportunity to transition to bringing in Eddie George's Grille 27 and still have a connection to the university and OSU sports," she said.

"It allows us to get out of the restaurant business and concentrate on our comfort zone of being a landlord," Guegold said.

The move to Grandview Yard also is a good fit for Eddie George's Grille 27, Buehler said.

"It's perfect timing for us. We've had a great 10 years in the South Campus Gateway, and we were considering renewing our lease when this opportunity came to us," he said.

At the Yard, the restaurant will be able to maintain much of its current OSU student and faculty customer base while attracting a broader mix of additional diners, Buehler said.

"The Yard allows us to be a true year-round restaurant operation and not tied as much to game days and when school is in session," he said.

The new location has about the same amount of space as the North High location, but the restaurant will have triple the outdoor seating at the Yard, Buehler said.

A few small changes are expected to be made to the Grille 27 menu and two fireplaces will be installed at the Yard location, he said. The restaurant will feature more than 70 TVs.