Written by: Jeremy Baumhower
With the opening of Hensville,– downtown Toledo grows a little better and bigger today.
Moving the Mud Hens from Maumee to it’s current location was the smartest move our political leaders could have ever made. Fifth Third stadium is the crown jewel of the Glass City. It brings thousands of people (and their money) to the heart of our city, over 70 times a season. The Mud Hens staff always delivers a fun time, clean atmosphere and a reason to come back.
However, let’s make sure the new Hensville expansion doesn’t not hurt some other original investors of the Toledo’s rebirth, our Warehouse District.
Businesses like The Blarney, owned by Ed Beczynski, Cock N Bull, owned by Jim Mettler, The Bronze Boar, Tony Packo’s, Table 44,and The Durty Bird, should always be rewarded for their investment and belief in our city’s downtown.
These establishments employ hundreds, support local music, plan and organize numerous events and provide countless reasons to visit our center city, when the Hens are away or in the off-season.
Without these restaurateurs’ vision, patience and hard work… the Mud Hens move would have never been successful. We are incredibly close to having an open-carry district; where residents can carry a drink while walking around and visiting their next location.
If you are one of thousands planning on enjoying our unofficial holiday of Opening Day, dress warm, and bring plenty of cash.
If you run across people like Ed or Jim, make sure you take a second, shake their hand and tell them a single word, “thanks”.
No other words will be needed, or expected. I’m sure a random “thank you” would be appreciated. Just like the rest of Toledo, they just survived the off-season.
The Warehouse District is the foundation that makes going to a Mud Hens game, one of the best experiences in the country. Please, don’t forget them today.