Podolski unveiled the kebab restaurant
Podolski spokesman Sebastian Lange said about 1,000 fans turned up Saturday to the opening of Mangal Doener, some arriving more than five hours early.
Podolski runs the restaurant along with two co-owners. The player posed in front of a kebab and signed autographs.
Last year, the 32-year-old launched an ice cream parlor in Cologne. Podolski currently plays for Vissel Kobe in Japan. He is in Cologne receiving treatment for a thigh injury.