Restaurant owner on reopening: ‘It’s been a nightmare basically, but it’s done’

Archive photo:  Then Brunch Club waitress Christy Haber delivers food to costumers.  Formally the Breakfast Club, The Brunch Club reopened Dec. 2005 and has a loyal clientele. Jim Noelker/Dayton Daily News

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Archive photo: Then Brunch Club waitress Christy Haber delivers food to costumers.  Formally the Breakfast Club, The Brunch Club reopened Dec. 2005 and has a loyal clientele. Jim Noelker/Dayton Daily News

The owner of a popular Dayton restaurant says customers shouldn't expect anything new when the eatery opens for the first time in seven months this weekend.
"We will have the same people (on staff), the same service and the same food," Brunch Club owner Jim Vari told this news organization. "It is just better equipment."

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The eatery at  601 S. Main St. in downtown Dayton will open at 7 a.m. Saturday.

The restaurant has been closed since an early morning kitchen fire on April 20.

Vari immediately went to work trying to get the restaurant reopened following the fire, but hit road blocks.

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“Between all the regulations and codes and what have you, it just took forever,” he said. “It’s been a nightmare basically, but it’s done.”

The restaurant employees about 14 people. Vari said most are returning.

On Thursday, the restaurant passed its final inspections and was given the green light to reopen.

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Formerly known as The Breakfast Club, business reopened as The Brunch Club under Vari’s ownership in December 2005.

Jim Vari told us back in May that the damage caused by the April fire turned out to be more extensive than thought.

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Archive photo: The Brunch Club on Main St. in Dayton, formerly The Breakfast Club, reopened Dec. 2005 and has a loyal clientele. Jim Noelker/Dayton Daily News

Credit: Jim Noelker/Dayton Daily News

Archive photo: The Brunch Club on Main St. in Dayton, formerly The Breakfast Club, reopened Dec. 2005 and has a loyal clientele. Jim Noelker/Dayton Daily News

Credit: Jim Noelker/Dayton Daily News

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Archive photo: The Brunch Club on Main St. in Dayton, formerly The Breakfast Club, reopened Dec. 2005 and has a loyal clientele. Jim Noelker/Dayton Daily News

Credit: Jim Noelker/Dayton Daily News

Credit: Jim Noelker/Dayton Daily News

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Brunch Club owner Jim Vari said damage to his business was more extensive than first thought.

Credit: Photo: Amelia Robinson

Brunch Club owner Jim Vari said damage to his business was more extensive than first thought.

Credit: Photo: Amelia Robinson

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Brunch Club owner Jim Vari said damage to his business was more extensive than first thought.

Credit: Photo: Amelia Robinson

Credit: Photo: Amelia Robinson

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