Above the Fold

Above the Fold

Business news shouldn't be boring. Above the Fold is a weekly podcast by the Cincinnati Business Courier, bringing you the week's top news and interviews with the biggest names in Cincinnati.


December 25, 2023 43 mins

Hosts Andy and Tom are joined by Business Courier reporters Brian Planalp, Abby Miller and Steve Watkins to dissect some of the biggest local news stories of 2023. Those include a record number of restaurants closing in Cincinnati – more than when Covid-19 broke out in 2020 – as well as an unassuming local millionaire leaving $270 million to local organizations; Cincinnati gaining a new Fortune 500 company; what's going on wit...

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Hosts Andy and Tom talk about Kroger's plans to bring its office workers back in four days a week, a public company re-establishing its headquarters in Cincinnati, Coney Island's sale to a music organization to make was for a $118 million concert venue, a badly needed parking garage at Findlay Market and Taste of Belgium's reboot.

Interview starts at (21:20). Graeter's became an ice cream empire and a b...

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Hosts Andy and Tom have a look at the uncertain future of the office market downtown, starting with a story on the potential foreclosure of an office tower, followed by GE pulling all of its employees out of its onetime Global Operations Center at the Banks, and then a potential new buyer for an iconic Camp Washington building and new rules banning surface parking lots downtown. We finish, as all good things do, with a burger.

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Hosts Andy and Tom talk about the sale of Eastgate Mall to a new owner, a Cincinnati marketing exec who was slated to live on a cruise for three years, a local restaurant being named one of the best new eateries in America, the uncertain future of Reds games broadcasts locally and the Queen City's newest B Corporation.

Interview starts at (21:49). Rachel DesRochers started out with $1,000 and a vegan graham cracker re...

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Hosts Andy and Tom talk about three new retailers with cult followings opening in the Cincinnati region, a fumble in the $1.6B sale of the Cincinnati Southern Railway, NKU adding six new varsity sports while facing a multi-million dollar deficit, the closing of one of OTR's oldest breweries and the shuttering of a historic downtown eatery.

Interview starts at (23:28). Chad Munitz wasn’t a big soccer fan before joining...

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Hosts Andy and Tom talk about the results of the Nov. 7 election and the surprise passage of the sale of the Cincinnati Southern Railway to Norfolk Southern, objections to new apartment projects near popular neighborhood business districts, FC Cincinnati's Cinderella season, the closing of a sports betting site inside of Taft's Ale House and Kings Island's big merger.

Interview starts at (23:15). Rhinegeist ...

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Host Andy Brownfield and special guest host Chris Wetterich talk about the campaign to convince voters to allow the city to sell the Cincinnati Southern Railway, and its chances of passing; a planned overhaul of Central Parkway into a Champs Elysee-style boulevard; the purchase of a historic downtown building to partially demolish for the new Brent Spence Bridge companion; a new food hall at Newport on the Levee; and resort-style a...

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Hosts Andy and Tom talk about how Cincinnati's downtown hasn't returned to normal since the Covid-19 pandemic, and is faring worse than most other cities; as well as how FC Cincinnati's payroll stacks up against the MLS; a lawsuit against the city's largest single-family landlord; the staggering number of $1 million home listings across the city; and how two of Time Magazine's top inventions of 2023 came fr...

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Hosts Andy and Tom talk about a new minor league soccer team coming to the region, Rhinegeist's new CEO, an update on Xavier University's plans to bring football back, the more than 200 letters written about P.G. Sittenfeld ahead of his sentencing on corruption charges and a wave of philanthropy benefitting local museums.

Interview starts at (20:43). John Faherty was a journalist for 25 years – he spearheaded the...

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Host Andy Brownfield and special guest host Chris Wetterich talk about the decision to keep the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, P.G. Sittenfeld's sentence for his two corruption convictions, a new hotel tax bringing Hamilton County among the most expensive in the nation, the more than 30 restaurants that have closed this year and a BBQ place beloved by President Biden that's expanding.

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Hosts Andy and Tom talk about the more than 50 new restaurants that have opened so far this year in Cincinnati, a class action lawsuit accusing TQL of underpaying employees, protestors striking out against P&G's forestry practices, Amazon getting even bigger at CVG and the Foo Fighters coming to Great American Ball Park.

Interview starts at (25:17). Nancy Aichholz has always had a thing for baking. She started Nan...

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Hosts Andy and Tom talk about the potential sentence former Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld faces when he is sentenced on Oct. 10, as well as Grippo's buying another chip company, the Margaritaville Hotel moving forward, the Bengals' valuation going way up and an opera written by Sir Paul McCartney making its world premier in Cincinnati.

Interview starts at (23:53). Sean Parker is an entrepreneur at he...

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We're back after a brief hiatus! Hosts Andy and Tom talk about a new on-demand taxi service coming to CVG, an iconic Cincinnati ice cream brand gets a revamp, two downtown skyscrapers take moves toward residential conversions and P&G faces a lawsuit over a cold medicine.

Interview starts at (20:34). Lisa Knutson is the person you want in charge if you're making big changes. Prior to her joining the E.W. Scrip...

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Hosts Andy and Tom talk about legal troubles facing a Cincinnati university, a successful office development in a highly uncertain era for offices, an early legal victory notched by a local developer suing Huntington National Bank, a supersonic jet being developed with the help of GE Aerospace and a bad summer for Queen City restaurants, many of which have permanently closed in recent weeks.

Interview starts at (20:58). To...

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Hosts Andy and Tom talk about big plans for Cincinnati's six largest shopping centers, a $100 million project coming to the University of Cincinnati, an overhaul to a busy business corridor in Madisonville, Cincinnati Public Radio's new headquarters and a brick-and-mortar bookstore that closed up shop only to relocate across the Ohio River.

Interview starts at (22:25). Neal Mayerson can make a claim not many Cinc...

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Hosts Andy and Tom talk about Cincinnati's odds at keeping the Western & Southern Open in the region, Ohio's first Buc-ee's, a startup that promises a personal flying vehicle and what's new at Kings Island for the 2024 season.

Interview starts at (20:09). Justin Wyborn got his start in the hospitality industry, on the opening team of the famed Nobu restaurant as it expanded for the first time outsid...

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Hosts Andy and Tom talk about a $23 million plan to redevelop downtown's deserted Saks Fifth Avenue shop, the death of a $100 million joint venture with Cincinnati Children's Hospital, a group that wants to become the national standard for DEI and social impact, the relocation of an iconic downtown retailer and why the Bengals provide the NFL's best value.

Interview starts at (22:20). Josh Wamsley could have...

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Host Andy Brownfield is joined by special guest host Meg Erpenbeck to talk about a new music venue planned for the West End, the shuttering of a Northern Kentucky institution, a grocery store coming to a neighborhood food desert, a new "city within a city" in downtown Cincinnati and an M. Night Shyamalan movie filming in the Queen City.

Interview starts at (24:20). During the depths of the Covid-19 pandemic, the ...

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Hosts Andy and Tom talk about $20 million in upgrades at Paycor Stadium, why more companies are moving their headquarters to the Findlay Market area, an 18-month closure coming to the Duke Energy Convention Center, a food hall coming to suburban Cincinnati and how the Foundry transformed a corner of downtown.

Interview starts at (23:00). Raj Kanuparthi was at the peak of his career. He was a senior technology leader at Wor...

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Hosts Andy and Tom talk about a new arena football team planned for Cincinnati, a bill targeting institutional investors who snap up single-family homes, plans to convert Central Parkway into a European-style boulevard, Cincinnati Children's big expansion on the East Side and a new Catholic grade school backed by some of the biggest named in business.

Interview starts at (20:28). During the Covid-19 pandemic, Catherin...

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