Boonshoft to add new ‘Eco Eatery’ to museum

EcoBASH – A Fresh Air Affair was held at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery on Saturday, August 28, 2021. Proceeds from the gala, organized by the Boonshoft’s Associate Board as the museum’s signature fundraiser went to benefit STEM education, outreach, science based initiatives and recovery from revenue losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Did we spot you there? TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
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EcoBASH – A Fresh Air Affair was held at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery on Saturday, August 28, 2021. Proceeds from the gala, organized by the Boonshoft’s Associate Board as the museum’s signature fundraiser went to benefit STEM education, outreach, science based initiatives and recovery from revenue losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Did we spot you there? TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in north Dayton plans to add a new café called the Eco Eatery to give its quarter-million visitors per year a convenient place to get a bite to eat.

Currently, Boonshoft does not sell any food except a few pre-packaged snack items at the gift shop, said Tracey Tomme, president and CEO of the Dayton Society of Natural History.

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Tracey Tomme, President and CEO, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. MARSHALL GORBY\STAFF

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Tracey Tomme, President and CEO, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. MARSHALL GORBY\STAFF
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Tracey Tomme, President and CEO, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. MARSHALL GORBY\STAFF

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But the museum is going to build a new café, with a limited menu and hours, that sells hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken fingers, soup and fresh offerings like salads, yogurt parfaits and fruit, plus a few sweets, Tomme said.

The museum, at 2600 DeWeese Parkway, expects to spend $600,000 or more on the project, which will convert the current staff kitchen area and an adjoining gallery into the Eco Eatery, she said.

Tomme said the café will be on the second floor near the entrance to the Tree House hallway and the top of the slide.

“We hope to begin construction in January and have it complete by the end of May,” she said. “Possibly earlier but it will depend on funding and of course the supply chain issues for getting equipment.”

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Tracey Tomme, president and CEO of the Dayton Society of Natural History, with a sloth at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Tracey Tomme, president and CEO of the Dayton Society of Natural History, with a sloth at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
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Tracey Tomme, president and CEO of the Dayton Society of Natural History, with a sloth at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The Eco Eatery, which will have space for about 50 visitors, also will have educational content aimed at reducing landfill and food waste, and encouraging recycling, composting and making healthy food choices, Tomme said.

“This will give families/guests (and even staff) a friendly place to stop for a quick snack, charge their phone, sit and visit, have lunch or a coffee, greatly increasing the visitor experience,” she said.

The museum used to have vending machines, but those were shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The museum usually has about 200,000 to 250,000 visitors each year.

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