Iconic restaurant to reopen, reinvented, as The Brunch Club

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Staff Writer

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

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.

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By Morgenholz

October 25, 2007 7:07 PM | Link to this

Dying city, stale menu, lousy location…. 6 months at the most. The current demographics and government of Dayton would run a whore house out of town…No chance.

By Brian in Savannah

October 25, 2007 3:44 PM | Link to this

I like to hear good things going on in Dayton. Now, if only Jim could get brother Bob to just hang out in there and mingle with customers, That place would be a hoot.

By Cee Cee

October 25, 2007 12:38 PM | Link to this

This is good news! I was in Indy when I read the news that the old Breakfast Club was closing. I couldn’t believe it. It was one of my favorite places. So I’m glad to hear another restaurant will open soon.

Suggestion: Do something about the parking!

By Paul

October 25, 2007 12:36 PM | Link to this

Never in years, and never this year. Wasen't fit for the rats to eat in. Even they like an almost clean place to eat in without the smell of last weeks grease!

By Willie

October 25, 2007 12:09 PM | Link to this

Good Luck to Mr Vari & Mr Koehnen. I sure will give it a fair shake at a good location downtown. Sounds really good to me.

By Bob

October 25, 2007 11:59 AM | Link to this

This is GREAT NEWS! Great location and a classic with lots of neat character! Other cities have these restaurants from days gone by and Dayton should, too. One suggestion, really, really, really, scrub the place to make it clean. New flooring would also help. And best of luck! Add lots of the classic dishes from the 1940s and popular ones from the Fairway Inn. A classic! Cool!

By Barney

October 25, 2007 11:00 AM | Link to this

The original Breakfast Club was nasty. I hope the new Brunch Club doesn’t keep too much of the former crap. If the new owner was smart, he would erase all memory of the old dump and start all over again. The location sucks, so I really don’t think any restaurant will ever do good business there. Hey new owner - You might as well just take that pile of money you spent on the Breakfast Club and light it on fire. Go ahead and print your “Sorry, We are Out of Business” sign.

By Can Hardly Wait

October 25, 2007 9:06 AM | Link to this

Ahhh…the memories of the good food fades fast as I remember the smell of moldy carpet and BO.

I hope they get new carpet and clean the place before the grand opening.


October 25, 2007 8:41 AM | Link to this

Wonder why the original Breakfast Club closed…let me see, they didn’t take debit/credit cards and they didn’t serve skim milk…two things the general public has gotten used to over the years…

By Cheryl

October 25, 2007 8:35 AM | Link to this

Yes, the Breakfast club was very good, however, the real icon on that point at Patterson and Main was White Tower Restaurant who was truly there for decades and was managed along with all other Dayton White Tower Restaurants by my late Mother In-law for many years. It is wonderful that The Brunch Club will continue the tradition.

By Richard

October 25, 2007 7:49 AM | Link to this

I hope it is as good as the Breakfast Club was or maybe even better, which may be hard to top.

By Jim

October 25, 2007 6:25 AM | Link to this


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