After nearly three years of planning and lots of renovations, partially bogged down by pandemic delays, Oakley Kitchen Food Hall finally opened its doors this summer. It’s the latest among a growing number of food hall concepts in the city, offering multiple restaurant options in a single location.
At heart, Oakley Kitchen is a business incubator. The goal of the space is to give culinary entrepreneurs access to a fully equipped kitchen as well as provide them with marketing and packaging assistance. “One of the things we identified is that we have great incubators and a couple of community kitchens to get entrepreneurs going, but the city lacked a place for them to take the next step,” Tyler Martin, one of Oakley Kitchen’s founding partners, told us in March. “We wanted to create that.” So far, eight restaurants call the food hall home:
Jimmie Lou’s serves a full menu of Louisiana cuisine, including authentic shrimp and grits, gumbo, and beignets.
La Petite Frite offers Belgian variations on fries, waffles, and stew.
Khana Gourmet Indian Grill cooks its meat over a charcoal barbecue with distinct spice mixes and rubs instead of curries.
Onolicious Hawaii emphasizes the variety found in Hawaiian cuisine.
Parts & Labor comes out of its ghost kitchen in Over-the- Rhine to offer a different take on barbecue.
Padrino brings its Italian fare from Milford to Oakley, making this its third location in the area.
Olive Tree serves traditional Mediterranean dishes, including hummus, baba ghanoush, and kebabs.
Loakley’s farm-to-table focused menu features sandwiches, salads, and small plates using local ingredients.
Diners can carry out their orders or take a seat in the hall’s 10,000-square-foot event space upstairs, which is also available to rent. Additionally, vendors will have the opportunity to offer some of their packaged products in local retail spaces through Campfire Foods Group’s distribution channels.
“We’ve gone through a lot to get here,” says Campfire’s Drew Oxley. “But we’re excited to show off what we’ve been working on.”
Oakley Kitchen Food Hall, 3715 Madison Rd., Oakley