The faith-based, nonprofit One Bistro in Miamisburg will not reopen after announcing earlier this fall that it would suspend operations for two months.
The faith-based, nonprofit One Bistro in Miamisburg, where patrons pay what they can afford to eat, will suspend operations for about two months beginning Sept. 2.
Board President Denise Davis, in a letter released Thursday evening to its sponsors, volunteers and patrons, said the board made the decision about the Miamisburg location only. The shutdown at that location, 110 S. Second St., is scheduled to end Nov. 1.
The Xenia location of One Bistro, which means "Our Neighbors Eat," will remain operational, Davis said in the letter. That locations is 87 E. Main St. The cafe is open Wednesday through Friday and on Saturday.
The Miamiburg location is shutting down because of the board and restaurant operators "lack community leaders to engage at a higher level" than the business has experienced.
"We will focus on developing key partnerships, expanding community support, and adding board representation who are committed to this community café," she said in the letter.
"All three of these components are crucial to our model and without them, we will be forced to close permanently or relocate to another community. Our prayer is that leaders will rise up and assist in reorganizing and reopening one bistro in Miamisburg.
"With certainty, we know that Miamisburg has "the need" for the café. There are committed volunteers willing to serve and love on our neighbors. But, we lack community leaders to engage at a higher level.
Since the café opened in 2012, Davis said in the letter, "we have provided over 58,000 comp meals at our locations."
Even still, she said in the letter, "over the past three years, we have seen a decline in community engagement and leadership in our Miamisburg location."
The community café model is built on volunteer leaders who advocate and raise funds for the mission of one bistro, serve alongside the manager and chef, and encourage the community to frequent the café as customers, according to the letter, which also lists as board members treasurer Diane Dixon, secretary Brandon Hutchinson and founder and director Robert Adamson.
"We need leaders who will serve on a core team of volunteers ... who adopt the café as their own and brainstorm together to deliver ideas on how the café can be a part of the community, and at the same time, how the community can be a part of the café."
She calls the business, referred to in its online literature as a ministry, a unique non-profit community café model.
Without committed community leadership, she said in the letter, "this [Miamisburg] cafe will struggle."