Starting to look like a blowout: UC takes huge lead in Crosstown ‘Tip-Off’

The Bearcats have left 6 of the last 7 tips in the Crosstown ‘Tip Off’ Challenge.
A UC fan left a $2,151 tip at Mio's Pizzeria Friday.
A UC fan left a $2,151 tip at Mio's Pizzeria Friday.(Mio's Pizzeria/ Provided)
Updated: Feb. 5, 2021 at 7:37 PM EST
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The Crosstown ‘Tip Off’ Challenge took another huge jump Friday after two tippers left more than $4,600 in total at different local restaurants.

Around 2 p.m., a customer left a $2,151 tip at Mio’s Pizzeria on Short Vine, beating Thursday’s $2,000 tip at R.P. McMurphy’s.

“Bearcats rule!” The customer wrote.

Just hours later, UC stretched its lead on a whopping $2,500 tip left at Kirby’s Tavern in Loveland.

“Go UC,” the customer said.

In total, more than $26,500 have been left on the Queen City’s tabletops thanks to the challenge

Monday night the Incline Public House posted a $1,500 tip left by a gracious customer who wrote, “I love both teams! Support our restaurants!”

Tuesday morning The Echo in Hyde Park posted a $1,500 cash tip left by a Xavier fan: “This is OUR City! Go X!”

The challenge started at Zip’s Cafe in Mt. Lookout on Jan. 9th when they shared on Facebook a napkin that thanked their hard-working staff with a $1,000 tip, ending the note with “Go Xavier.”

Over the next few weeks, tips went up in increments of a few dollars at Keystone Bar and Grill, Goose and Elder, Chandler’s Burger Bistro, Sacred Beast, O’Bryon’s Bar and Grill, Skyline Chili, China Gourmet, Red Feather and elsewhere.


Jan. 9: Zip’s Cafe - $1,000 for XU

Jan. 14: Keystone Bar & Grill -$1,001 UC

Jan. 25: Goose and Elder - $1,002 for XU

Jan. 27: Chandler’s - $1,005 for UC

Jan. 28: Sacred Beast - $1,007 for XU

Jan. 28: O’Bryon’s Bar And Grill - $1,006 for UC

Jan. 29: Dead Low Brewing - $1,010 for XU

Jan. 28: Arnold’s Bar and Grill - $1,008 on $120.91 for UC

Jan. 30: Red Feather - $1,010 for UC

Jan. 30: China Gourmet - $1,010 for UC

Jan. 31: Skyline Chili Oakley - $1,015 for UC

Jan. 31: Bellevue Bistro - $1,100 for XU

Jan. 31: Zip’s Cafe - $1,250 for UC

Feb. 1: Incline Public House - $1,500 for both teams

Feb. 2: The Echo - $1,500 for XU

Feb. 4: JTaps Sports Bar & Grill - $1,690.69 UC

Feb. 4: The Holy Grail Tavern and Grill - $1,051.37 for UC

Feb. 4: Montgomery Inn - $1,234 for UC

Feb. 4: R P McMurphy’s - $2,000 for UC

Feb. 5: Mio’s Pizzaria - $2,151 for UC

Feb. 5: Kirby’s Tavern - $2,500 for UC

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