When the thermometer hovers in the mid-’90s for nearly a week straight, you might expect to find the CEO of one of Cincinnati’s oldest brewing names escaping the heat by cooling off with a frosty beer at the oldest continually operated bar in the city.
You might not expect him to be engaged in a Bobby Flay-esque meatball throw-down with the owner, however. But when the CEO is Christian Moerlein’s Greg Hardman and the restaurant is Arnold’s, let’s just say you can expect the unexpected.
CityBeat: What was the last great meal you ate and where did you have it?
Greg Hardman: It was Friday night at Arnold’s Bar and Grill. I had the homemade meatball sandwich, and I believe it to be the best in town.
CB: Do you ever play with your food?
GH: (Laughing) You might say that! (Arnold’s) owner Ronda Androski and I have an ongoing competition to see who can make the best meatball. We’ve battled it out many times but, try as I might, I have yet to win a single contest!