Last month, Marshall’s announced that a new bar concept called the Grand Tavern would take over its former bar space, and while we’ve been waiting since then to learn who will occupy the restaurant portion of the old Marshall’s storefront, we finally have an answer.
According to Marshall’s owners (who closed the business last June after 37 years) Matt and Shannon Marshall, Delaney’s Diner will occupy the remaining 3,000 feet of restaurant space in Marshall’s.
“This is definitely a win-win,” Matt Marshall said. “Delaney’s Diner is a family business. We were looking for the right fit; we didn’t want to just rent it to anyone.”
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According to Jeff Miller, who owns Delaney’s diner alongside his wife, Lisa Miller, Delaney’s doesn’t plan to significantly alter the longtime Marshall’s space, noting that he believes only cosmetic renovations are needed.
“It should be a smooth transition for us to get in there and make a few changes. We plan to keep the same look and feel, and hopefully keep the same guests,” Miller said.
The Millers are hoping to open the newest Delaney’s Diner in June.
The old Marshall’s bar space, which will be occupied by Grand Tavern, is separated from the roughly 3,000 square-foot restaurant space that Delaney’s is taking over. Both concepts will have their own entrances as well.
Delaney’s Diner currently operates three Columbus locations, one on the city’s east side, one in Westerville and a brand-new Groveport storefront.
“I think it’s a little bit quicker than I wanted, opening two locations back to back, but when I talked to Matt [Marshall] and looked at space, it was a perfect fit, it felt like neighborhood diner that everybody knows,” Jeff Miller said.
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