University Square Is Now Open Near The Ohio State University

A new plaza is open between The Ohio State University and the University District neighborhoods.

The area is called University Square and is a gathering place for students, faculty, University District residents, and visitors. The area includes places to eat and relax, as well as a friendship walk. The friendship walk has the word friendship engraved in 141 languages along the granite walkway.

Campus Partners relied on linguistics experts at OSU to translate friendship into the languages that are spoken at Ohio State, including Spanish, Italian, and Russian as well as Native American languages and Braille, and more.

“The purpose of this plaza is to serve as an informal living room with a distinct energy,” said Amanda Hoffsis, President of Campus Partners. “Throughout its history, the 15th Avenue and High Street intersection has served as a front door to the university. It has been a hub of social activity and is currently one of the most vibrant pedestrian areas in the City of Columbus. This new public plaza will serve as an important gathering place with greenspace and seating areas plus eateries and pubs. We felt that University Square accurately reflected the important function of this new area.”

In the coming months, LemonShark Poké & Makai Grill, Barrio Tacos, and Roots Natural Kitchen will open at University Square so people can grab a yummy meal while hanging out in the square. Bubbles Tea & Juice Company is already open and waiting for you to stop by. Bubble Tea & Juice Company offers made in-house smoothies, bubble teas, cold press juices, and a selection of protein bars and acai bowls.

“We sought out each of these new restaurants at University Square with students, neighbors and visitors to campus in mind,” said Matt Hansen, Senior Campus Planner, Campus Partners. “It’s been exciting to curate this mix of eateries, with some having a local connection and others being the first-ever in the state of Ohio. Whether you are stopping by for a bite on the way to class, grabbing lunch with friends, networking with your colleagues at happy hour or taking your parents out to dinner, there will be something for everyone to enjoy at University Square.”

University Square will host the second Ohio location for emonShark Poké & Makai Grill, a Hawaiian-themed establishment that offers sustainably sourced poké, hibachi-style grilled meats, and seafood and vegetables (Makai).

Roots Natural Kitchen serves healthy and affordable salads and grain bowls in a fast-casual environment.

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