UPDATE: Dayton Woman’s Club hires new chef, opens to public for lunch

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UPDATE: Dayton Woman’s Club hires new chef, opens to public for lunch

The Dayton Woman’s Club has hired a new chef, revamped its restaurant’s menu, and expanded the restaurant’s hours to be open the public for lunch each weekday.

In recent months, the Dayton Woman’s Club’s restaurant had been open to the public only two days a week. But those hours have expanded to 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, according to Heather Riley, the club’s general manager.

The restaurant at 225 N. Ludlow St. in downtown Dayton is now under the direction of a new executive chef, Stephanie Schifrin Salas, a Cincinnati native who has more than two decades of experience, the last three years as executive chef at the University of Cincinnati. The Culinary Institute of America-trained chef also has worked for The Compass Group, Aramark, and Sodexo Corporate Services, and has served sports teams including the Chicago Bears and Cleveland Indians.

The Woman’s Club restaurant’s current lunch menu focuses mostly on soups and sandwiches, but will expand and will change with the seasons, Riley said.

The historic club is located at 225 N. Ludlow St. in downtown Dayton. It was founded in 1916 as an organization that would provide women in the Dayton area a center for social, civic and literary activities. The building was constructed in the late 1840’s as the private home of Robert W. Steele, for whom Dayton’s first high school was named.

The Dayton Woman’s Club remains a membership organization, with 110 current members, but its structure, which has been given Historical Landmark status, is open to the public for seminars, meetings, weddings and other events, Riley said.

The club’s restaurant will be open one Sunday a month for brunch, and may add dinner service on evenings when there is a show at the Schuster Center, Riley said.

A special dinner that will be co-hosted with another downtown club steeped in history — The Engineer’s Club — is scheduled for this Friday, Sept. 22, at the Dayton Woman’s Club. It is open to the public and will feature guest speaker Mitch Heaton, president of The Engineer’s Club and project manager at the Dayton Development Coalition. The cost is $25 for members, $28 for non-members Reservations for the special dinner are required and can be made by calling (937) 228-1124.

Reservations for lunch at the Dayton Woman’s Club are accepted but not required. For large parties, reservations are recommended. For more information, call (937) 228-1124.

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