Reds Ownership Is a Shit Show, and 7 Other Cincinnati Stories You May Have Missed This Week

Can you say draaaaamaaaaaaa?

click to enlarge Mr. Redlegs appears during the Cincinnati Reds' Opening Day parade at Findlay Market on April 12, 2022. - Photo: Casey Roberts
Photo: Casey Roberts
Mr. Redlegs appears during the Cincinnati Reds' Opening Day parade at Findlay Market on April 12, 2022.

Whewwwwwww. Can you say drama? Paying attention to the Cincinnati Reds this week was like watching soap operas back in the '90s — you had no idea who would say or do something to stir things up. The team's home opener came and went with fireworks, but other important things happened, too. Catch up on the headlines below.

Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval Looks Back at His First 100 Days in Office
Has it really been 100 days? Pureval and a largely refreshed Cincinnati City Council took the helm on Jan. 4, and their actions have mostly been in line with Pureval's campaign promises to focus on equity, housing, climate and safety. To cap off the milestone, Pureval is taking paternity leave after adding another son to his family this week. Read CityBeat's story about what Pureval says are his administration's biggest achievements for Cincinnati so far.

Employees at Downtown Cincinnati Starbucks Take First Steps Toward Unionization
Like many around the country, Cincinnati's Starbucks employees are rising up against Big Coffee. The Vine Street Starbucks is the first in Cincinnati to seek unionization and the sixth in Ohio, following efforts by workers at Starbucks locations in Cleveland and Columbus. Read CityBeat's story about the unionization effort, plus see what the Starbucks workers are demanding from the corporation.

We Honestly Don't Know What's up with the Cincinnati Reds' Front Office
Do the folks in charge of the Cincinnati Reds hate the team's fans? It sure seems that way. Cincinnati's Opening Day at home — and, honestly, the whole week — took a dark turn when Phil Castellini, the Reds' chief operating officer and son of team owner Bob Castellini, taunted fans for (rightfully) questioning why the front office continues to trade productive players instead of building a World Series-contending team (even though we've got pitching phenom Hunter Greene). Former Red Nick Castellanos, who was one of the team's top players and whom the Reds let go to free agency, has been commenting more and more about how players and fans feel when ownership doesn't invest for the long haul. And the Florence Y'alls are here to remind the Castellinis that fans, indeed, have other options for baseball. Catch up on all of the baseball drama in CityBeat's sports section.

Food & Wine Names Cincinnati as One of the 'Most Exciting Up-and-Coming Big Cities for Food Lovers'
Cincinnati's culinary scene is drawing national attention. "It's an exciting time for food in our country, with places like Cincinnati, where a constellation of food entrepreneurs is spurring a renaissance," writes Food & Wine editor David Landsel. Read CityBeat's story about what Landsel highlighted in the Queen City.

Kings Island Officially Opens for Its 50th Year of Operation This Weekend
Cincinnati's beloved amusement park is inching closer to getting the senior discount at chain restaurants. To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the park is gearing up for special entertainment all season long. Read CityBeat's story about what to expect at Kings Island this summer.

Cincinnati Zoo Reveals Fiona the Hippo is Going to Be a Big Sister
Cincinnati has baby fever, apparently, and that means Fiona' will have to share the spotlight. Bibi, Fiona's 23-year-old mama, is pregnant and is due to deliver this summer. The surprising thing? Bibi was on birth control! Read CityBeat's story about the fun way in which the zoo revealed Bibi's pregnancy.

Cincinnati Area's First Dog Park and Bar to Open This Month
Cincinnatians of legal drinking age and their furry friends will soon be able to hang together at a new bar in Northern Kentucky, when the BARk Park & Patio opens in Florence. Craft brews and wines will be available for the humans, while the pooches can enjoy a 1.5-acre off-leash park. Read CityBeat's story about when Fido's new favorite spot will open.

Meet Ashley Moor, CityBeat's New Editor-in-Chief
There's been a changing of the guard at CityBeat this week, with Maija Zummo passing the symbolic torch to the newspaper's new editor-in-chief Ashley Moor. A veteran of several publications, Moor has big plans to continue CityBeat's legacy as Cincinnati's alt-weekly. Read Moor's letter to readers about what she aims to accomplish in her new role at CityBeat.

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