In a time when many people don’t know where or how
they’ll get their next meal, One Bistro in Miamisburg offers a fantastic
meal and a chance for the community to work together to help those in
Food insecurity is a growing problem in the Dayton
area, and Robert Adamson opened One Bistro as a place where neighbors
could eat comfortably and come together as a community. About one-third
of Dayton area children are living in an insecure food environment,
which means they experience hunger daily or live with the threat of
starvation. After joining the board of directors for One World Everyone
Eats, Adamson realized that he had a greater calling than his role as an
One Bistro strives to provide members of the
community with good quality, affordable meals. While the menu has prices
ranging from $6 to $9, this is a pay-as-you-can restaurant. If you
can’t afford to pay, you can exchange your time in service. Adamson
finds that the great food and personal service keeps bringing customers
back. “We hope to put something of extraordinary value on the plate so
that people give extra to help their neighbors in need,” says Adamson.
One Bistro does not accept tips, but you can always make a donation in
addition to the suggested price.
The success of this nonprofit restaurant is
dependent on community volunteers. A sign-up form on the restaurant’s
website, onebistro.org, encourages volunteers to work daily shifts or to
help during the weekly community meal.
With a menu featuring everything from Strawberry
Shortcake French Toast and Chicken and Waffles to Spinach Goat Cheese
and Bacon Pizza and a Gourmet Grilled Cheese, Adamson is putting his
skills as an executive chef to good use. And the food and the concept
are catching on. Adamson also is a mentor for eight other local
restaurants and is considering expansion into other markets like Canton,
Hillsboro and Cincinnati.
Adamson calls the restaurant a “businesstry,” or
business ministry, because it is a faith- based enterprise model that
other nonprofits can use without having to rely on government funding.
Adamson also loves the opportunity to meet and build relationships with
people. “The relationships are the reason this place exists. People just
want someone to talk to,” he adds.
With the staggering number of community members who cannot afford quality food, One Bistro is truly a Dayton gem.
Each Wednesday night, One Bistro offers a community
meal from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The community meal is completely free to all
patrons and includes salad, a main entrée, sides and a dessert.
Reservations are encouraged as seats fill up fast. The restaurant is
open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday from 5
p.m. to 7p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call
937-859-1165 to make a reservation.