Passion Works Studios, a local favorite known for their eclectic art pieces, has created banners and other Bengals themed decorations for the Uptown Athens streets.

Athens County, Ohio has “Who Dey” fever!

When the Cincinnati Bengals won the AFC Championship game 27-24 against the Kansas City Chiefs, the realization sunk in. Athens County local, Joe Burrow and the Bengals are going to Super Bowl LVI! Since that moment, increasing amounts of orange, black and white are spreading throughout Uptown Athens, The Plains and pretty much all the cities and towns throughout the region.

Many local businesses are showing additional love for the Athens High School graduate by contributing to philanthropic efforts seeking to combat hunger in this region. These efforts were initially bolstered by Burrow’s heartfelt Heisman Trophy acceptance speech on December 14, 2019 which immediately compelled the masses to support efforts fighting hunger in Southeast Ohio. Check out the backstory in the following short documentary.

If you happen to be in Athens County, Ohio make sure to check out some of the businesses — listed below — that are also supporting these causes. Who Dey!

Joe Burrow Hunger Relief Fund

Donate directly here, or support them via the following local businesses.

Bagel Street Deli 

Pick up Bagel Street’s caprese-esque sandwich with a side of their signature soup or Cincinnati-style chili, a.k.a. The “Pride of Ohio” meal deal. Each meal equals $1 donated to the relief fund.  

Jackie O’s Brewery

The local brewery is giving $1 from select pints and $3 from select pitchers.

Kindred Market

Buy local! This specialty grocer is donating 9% of local product sales to the fund.

Passion Works Studio

The arts studio and gallery is selling beautiful black and orange “Tiger Lilies.” $9 from each art piece purchased will go to the fund. 

Athens County Food Pantry

Donate directly here, or support them via the following local businesses.

Donkey Coffee

Sip on a “Who Dey” latte, a chocolate cinnamon drink with whipped cream and festive orange and black sprinkles, or go with the less sweet “Cup of Joe.” Burrow may have “ice in his veins,” but these drinks are sure to warm you up! 10% from each purchase will be donated to the pantry.

Little Fish Brewing Company 

During their Super Bowl watch party this Sunday, Little Fish will donate $1 from select pints to area food pantries.

Athens City Schools Food Pantry

Donate directly here, or support them via the following local businesses.

North End Kitchen and Bar 

The uptown Athens bar will be serving up special “Who Dey” chicken tinga platters and the “Bengal Burrito” with 20% of proceeds being donated.

Courtside Pizza

Next door to North End, order a “Nati Pie” topped with Cinci-sourced Skyline Chili. Courtside will be contributing 20% of proceeds from this special.

SE Ohio Foodbank and Kitchen

Donate directly here, or support them via the following local business.


The custom apparel printer is offering “Joehio,” “Why Not Us,” and “It Is Us” shirts with 20% of proceeds going to the foodbank.  

Still want to support the effort to relieve food insecurity in Southeast Ohio?

Contributing to the Joe Burrow Hunger Relief Fund, and the affiliated organizations listed above, are all great ways to make a difference! 


Author: athensohio