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bobcat bistro
January 07, 2015 : Bobcat Bistro to Open Monday, January 12
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager


Lancaster – The newly-renovated and renamed student lounge at Ohio University Lancaster will be open to students for the start of spring semester on Monday, January 12.  New menu options will be offered to go along with the new look at the Bobcat Bistro.
“We’re excited about the opening,” said General Manager Daniel Grove. “We’re opening with a scaled-down menu, but will add items as we get input from students.”
A grill, fryer, convection oven and a pizza oven were installed during the renovation.  The new cooking units allow for the availability of new and different types of food offerings for students.
“We want students to stay on campus during the day studying and sharing time with friends, and we think giving them a new, great tasting menu in the student lounge area will be great for campus life,” said Lancaster Campus Dean Dr. Jim Smith.
New items on the opening week menu will include chicken tenders, grilled hamburgers, and made-to-order pizza. Two fresh soups will be offered daily, as well as a salad bar.
“We plan to survey students and see which items they like best,” said Grove. “We will use that input to make our regular menu.”
bistroThe look of the student lounge area was updated during the renovation project. The area was painted and students will notice a new ordering window and flooring. The renovation was funded by a grant from The Marten’s Fund and private donors.
“We want this space on campus to feel inviting to students,” said Smith. “We hope students will feel it’s a place they can grab lunch, but also a place where they can stay and study or meet up with friends. So, we planned a design for the space with that in mind.”
The Bobcat Bistro is the product of a three-way partnership between OUL, the Fairfield County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Ohio University Auxiliaries in Athens. Clients of Fairfield DD get on-the-job training working at the Bobcat Bistro.
Students can access the menu on the web at or by downloading the OUL app to their mobile device. You can find the app by searching “Ohio University Lancaster” in your phone’s online store.
The Bobcat Bistro’s hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.