Iconic restaurant to reopen, reinvented, as The Brunch Club
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
DAYTON — The Breakfast Club Cafe — a breakfast-and-lunch mainstay at South Main Street and South Patterson Boulevard for decades until it closed in April — will reopen in early November as The Brunch Club, and will retain most of the former restaurant's menu as well as some of its employees.
Jim Koehnen will operate the restaurant with his business partner Jim Vari. Bothalso co-own the Fairway Inn at Kittyhawk Golf Course in Dayton.
Between interviewing applicants at the new restaurant this afternoon, Koehnen said he and Vari were looking for a restaurant that was open year-round. The Fairway Inn closes for two to three months in the winter.
"We were aware of the Breakfast Club and its success here," Koehnen said. "This is something of a landmark."
Bryan Whipp, the Breakfast Club's owner, said in April that the site at 601 S. Main St. has housed a restaurant of some sort since at least the 1940s.
Koehnen said he has purchased the business from Whipp and will lease the property with the intention of buying it within a year. He declined to disclose the purchase price.
Six employees of the former Breakfast Club have been hired for the new restaurant, Koehnen said. The menu will be mostly unchanged, although some sandwiches and wraps that have been popular at the Fairway Inn will be added, he said.
Koehnen said the restaurant is scheduled to open sometime during the week of Nov. 5. Its hours will be 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., seven days a week. It has a new phone number: (937) 222-7411.
Contact this reporter at (937) 225-2258 or mfisher@DaytonDailyNews.com.