Today is a day of change at the Dayton Art Institute, as Chef Dana Downs and her crew were seen moving out of the building. Today was the last day serving food, after a very successful launch of Leo Bistro six months ago.
In a prepared Statement the DAI says:
The Dayton Art Institue will be undergoing an evaluation of its restaurant as the
operating partnership with Veritas Foods comes to an end.
“We thank Veritas Foods for their work in helping us open Leo Bistro and wish them well in their endeavors, “said Executive Director Michael R. Roediger. “The needs and priorities of both organizations have changed since the Bistro opened, and we mutually agreed that it was in everyone’s best interest to move in a new direction.”
The change will not affect services for any weddings, events or meetings already scheduled during regular museum hours,
offering lunch via counter service Tuesday through Saturday, 11am – 2pm and Sunday noon – 2pm. A new 5 to 8pm
menu will be available in the near future- please check the website for details.
Leo Bistro opened in February 2013 and features a casual, relaxed atmosphere with free Wi-Fi, made possible by a
federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The Bistro offers a variety of soups, salads and appetizers, sandwiches and entrees, as well as desserts. “Leo to Go” has food and beverage options for museum guests,
such as bottled waters and sodas, snacks, coffee and espresso beverages, wine, beer and cocktails. Museum members
receive special discounts and offerings at Leo Bistro.
Chef Dana was not reachable for a comment. We do know that a new interim operator will be in the kitchen as 8am tomorrow and they are prepared with a menu that still celebrates food as art!