Special ‘pay-it-forward’ restaurant now open

R-H Staff

EATON — A first-of-its kind restaurant for Preble County is opening in Eaton on Wednesday, May 3.

The Bistro at Eagles Point is a “pay-it-forward”-style restaurant which ensures anyone who is hungry is welcome to enjoy a wholesome and delicious meal. The Bistro is located at 307 N. Cherry Street, on the south side of Eagles Point complex which was originally the old Eaton High School. Free parking is available in the lot directly in front of the entrance.

The Bistro is unique in the food served is delicious, healthy and of the quality that you’d find at other upscale cafes, only the price is much more affordable, according to its founders. The meal prices are kept low because the overhead is low and The Bistro is a non-profit. All the equipment and furnishings are paid for or were donated. Only two employees are on payroll, the chef and front of house manager. All other positions are completely operated by volunteers, so there is no tipping. Any extra money given by patrons is “paid-forward” to the next meal for someone in need. By simply having a meal and paying what one would normally pay in tips, or paying-forward any amount, one can help eliminate hunger, build relationships and celebrate community. If one cannot afford their meal, an hour or more of volunteering at The Bistro will serve as payment.

Months of planning and salvaging went into the sleek and historical design of The Bistro, according to officials. The tall ceiling is accentuated by reclaimed window frames removed from the former school. Chalkboards that once hung in the classrooms now feature “today’s special.” The school’s porcelain sink was reglazed and sits behind the bar area. Former students might recognize the antique wood cabinetry that was salvaged from the school’s office, now displayed behind the bar. Even the restrooms contrast modern style with a historical touch — actual issues of The Register-Herald newspapers dating back to the 1950s dress the walls as wallpaper.

The old Eaton High School was saved from demolition thanks to the HIT Foundation, St. Mary’s Development Group and Miller Valentine. Now Eagles Point will feature The Bistro, affordable housing, a Sinclair Community College classroom, a gymnasium, and later this year a movie theater in the school’s former auditorium.

The menu includes fresh and made-to-order pizzas, sandwiches, soups, salads, breakfast and brunch items normally found in the finest of cafes. Chef Tom Kinne’s favorite menu item is the apple cinnamon French toast bake with candied pecan crumbles, served during Saturday’s brunch.

The Bistro’s hours are Wednesday-Friday 11-2 p.m., and Saturday from 8-2 p.m.. Carryout is also available. For more information, or to volunteer time, contact The Bistro at 937-336-5253.


R-H Staff