Large Cincinnati outside ingesting space is area’s newest: What it affords

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Butler County has led the way on these outdoor drinking areas, as Middletown started the first in the state in 2015. Hamilton and Liberty Center also have DORA districts.

But the district at The Banks dwarfs others in an area meant to hold tens of thousands of people, and its location is expected to draw visitors from throughout the tri-state area.

The DORA stretches from Paul Brown Stadium to the Heritage Bank Center, and from the north sidewalk of Mehring Way to the south sidewalk of Second Street. The Smale Riverfront Park, notably, is excluded from the DORA district.

“The Riverfront park is owned by Cincinnati Parks,” Schwegmann said. “And it was thought better to keep it family-friendly. The adults are being given an enormous footprint to the north.”

Patrons can purchase alcohol from Banks’ restaurants/bars in DORA cups daily from 11 a.m. to midnight, and the area closes at 1 a.m.

Schwegmann said there will be extra police to remind guests of DORA boundaries. She also said police would not be fixated so much on masks and social distancing, though the district is designed with the latter in mind.

“We have circles on the ground,” she said. “And there’s about a dozen bars and restaurants that have doubled their outdoor patio space so they can expand their internal capacity, though people will still have to be seated and wear masks when they go to the bathroom.”

Schwegmann also mentioned that Freedom Way from Joe Nuxhall Way to Walnut Street has been permanently converted into a pedestrian walkway. She said this helps social distancing without disrupting motor traffic.

“There will be picnic tables (and standing tables on the walkway) that are spread out,” she said. “That section of street has been closed as often as it has been open anyway, because of concerts, sporting events, or late Friday and Saturday nights just because the police didn’t think the interplay between the all the people still hanging round downtown and traffic was safe. It just made sense to pedestrianize it.”

Pies and Pints, the craft beer and pizza eatery chain, was the only COVID-19 casualty at The Banks. Schwegmann said the rest of the businesses survived through a combination of federal and state relief, flexible landlords, and cooperation.

“It took a lot of players pulling their oars in the same direction,” Schwegmann said. “Some places lost as much as 70 percent of their business, others lost around 30 percent, averaging about 50 percent overall.”

DORA has been open since March 24, and Schwegmann said she was pleased by the results so far.

“I think it’s a win not just for the Banks but for the city,” she said. “Downtown has been sleepy, too, with people working from home and no sporting events. The first weekend (DORA) opened, it was a beautiful day, 75 degrees, and people had spring fever.”

Schwegmann said it’s too soon to tell the full impact DORA will have on revenue, but that she’s optimistic.

“In a perfect world, we’d like to incrementally increase sales, program that space so it comes alive with, say, a concert series on Thursday nights,” she said. “Things that cause people to flow from one end to the other. The Banks are meant to accommodate 40,000-60,000 people. It’s a place for the entire region to come and play.”

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Prather sought more than $600,000 in fraud relief and fraudulently received approximately $19,800, according to the criminal complaint.”},{“_id”:”HM26A46MDFFR7GD7AWRJFNAI5A”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1617735964000},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Prather, 48, is charged with bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, making false statements, making false statements in connection to credit or loan applications and false representation of a Social Security number.”},{“_id”:”ISYB52YE4BDL3D4JHNZXA54ZDU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618226621790},”type”:”text”,”content”:”There were three others charged. They include:”},{“_id”:”EHGM3KOYU5HPBASMY7TLMHP7GQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[{“pos”:0,”comment”:”Toni Wright, 34, of Cincinnati reportedly received $349,000 in fraudulent PPP relief loans. 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The board of the Sorg has worked extremely hard donating hours of their time to bring it back to life and I am flattered and excited to be a part of the revitalization,” said Ashley Baumgarten, a participating artist.”},{“_id”:”5ALKVNZ6DFAJDBFB56PRI3AUMQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1617369236544},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The “Spring Blues and Roots Rock Extravaganza” will feature a variety of Middletown favorites including Fred Gillespie and the Swamp Bees, with special guests Ashley Baumgarten, Chuck Evans and Randy Smith as well as Jimmy D. Rogers and I Dig Pig and Sister Salem, featuring James Clark, Ferris Gillespie, and Gabrielle Anais Sears.”},{“_id”:”SLZXJFHSWRFQ7BAZAQ2WWB632Q”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1617369236545},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I am most looking forward to seeing everyone in their element at this event. 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Masks are required. Safety protocols will be in place throughout the venue.”}],”comments”:[],”_id”:1617369236547},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Tickets for the 6 p.m. show are $20 in advance (plus online ticketing fees).”},{“_id”:”BYWJD4QW75DETKX27RFF7PIOUQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1617369236548},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I have a history of supporting the Sorg. I was part of the Sorg Showcase Group back in the 1980′s that was trying to convert the theater from being principally a cinema to a live venue in town,” said musician Chuck Evans, who also heads up the annual Blue Christmas to benefit Middletown’s Hope House Mission.”},{“_id”:”X6DCK2IFD5EFRLBH4T3DYVPTHU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1617369236549},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Evans said he has been involved with the Sorg and performed a lot of shows there for many years. He also conducted the orchestra and helped to put on several musicals at the venue. Additionally, he opened his music studio, Gemini Music Studio, in the connecting commercial building in 1991. He operated a studio there for 15 years.”},{“_id”:”GHWO2FED4ZFF7P7HK7WX5AT7OQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1617369236550},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I’ve always loved the place. When I was a kid, I used to go and see movies there. It’s just a landmark in our town,” Evans said.”},{“_id”:”FUI3YAFBBJA5VEMPKHNHGDQCJM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1617369236551},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Tickets may be purchased at www.cincyticket.com. Sorg Opera House is located at 63 South Main Street in Middletown. Free parking is available behind the building, off of Broad Street, and off of First Street. 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