Sushi At Reds’ Games

By Tim Grimes

Yes, sushi at Great American Ball Park. It’s being offered in a new grab-and-go UDF store that will be unveiled on Opening Day, Monday. Also new: full-service bars on the Terrace Level and the opening of the Riverfront Club to all season ticket-holders.

The first thing most fans will notice on Opening Day is the newly open view from the entrance on the Terrace Level from Crosley Terrace. Food and merchandising kiosks have been moved out of the area so the bright green grass of the field is immediately visible.

“You get this great view of the ballpark,” said Lauren Werner, director of business development for the Reds. “You really feel the energy and the excitement as soon as you walk in.”

Over on the right side of this area is the new UDF Reds Market, where you can pick up a meal-sized portion of sushi for the game, priced at $12-$14.

“We are the official sushi of the Cincinnati Reds,” said Merritt Oleski, owner of Sake Bomb restaurant in East Hyde Park, which will be supplying the sushi. “It has a real ring to it, doesn’t it? It shows that this is 2010, and sushi is much more in the mainstream.”

They’ll make the sushi at the restaurant and pack it in plastic to-go containers, much as it is in a grocery store. “I give a lot of credit to the Reds organization. I know they wanted to be more innovative,” said Oleski. “I think partly it’s because Bob Castellini is from the food business himself.”

Because they want to be extremely careful about the transporting of the sushi, they’re not using raw fish, and all the sushi is rolls: California roll, smoked salmon, spicy shrimp and vegetable roll.

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