The Blackwell Inn is offering a 20-percent discounts to students with a valid BuckID. Courtesy of Keith Harrington.

Operated by and open to students, an upscale dining spot that has served the area for more than a decade has added an appetizing deal to its menu.

Since October, Bistro 2110 at the Blackwell Inn has offered a 20-percent discount to students with a valid BuckID, Keith Harrington, restaurant manager, said. 

Tucked between Ohio Stadium and Fisher College of Business, the Bistro offers an all-you-can-eat salad bar, breakfast and lunch buffets and a variety of American, European and Asian dishes on the dinner menu, such as sweet chili-glazed salmon and chicken romano.

Excluding Harrington, two assistant managers and chefs, the restaurant is completely student-staffed. Students are assigned one of four roles: server, bartender, guest service host or room service attendant. 

Patrick Hutchins, a fourth-year in health promotion, fitness and nutrition studies and a server at the Bistro, said he enjoys getting to know his co-workers as they work toward a common goal of providing exceptional service for customers.

“The Bistro is special because of the people who work here,” Hutchins said.

Harrington, who has more than 23 years of experience in the restaurant business, said game days are the Bistro’s busiest, with fans ready to eat before heading across the street toward the ’Shoe for football.

“The school spirit — the students have it, guests have it — everyone’s in a good mood,” Harrington said. “It may seem like a sea of scarlet and gray, and it’s very chaotic, but it’s very controlled chaos.”

The friendly attitude among the employees and managers is reflected in how the Bistro treats its regulars –– like family, Harrington said.

“We’re close. We have a fantastic product, and we have great people to bring that product to you,” Harrington said.

Bistro 2110 is open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6:30 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is located at 2110 Tuttle Park Place inside the Blackwell Inn.