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NEW DETAILS: Brunch Club continues to rebuild after fire and hopes to reopen next month

The owner of a popular Dayton restaurant says rebuilding continues after damage caused by a recent fire last spring.

Owners of The Brunch Club updated customers on the reconstruction project via Facebook Tuesday. They still hope to reopen the popular diner located at 601 S. Main St., Dayton, in September.

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Jim Vari told us back in May that he damage turned out to be more extensive than originally thought, forcing the restaurant to shut down longer for the restoration.

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

No customers were in the business when the fire started and no one was physically injured. 

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Vari initially thought the restaurant would be closed only a few days to clean up debris left when the restaurant’s fire suppression system activated. 

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 “It has turned out to be more extensive than we thought,” Vari, the restaurant’s owner 11 years, said.  “It (the fire) pretty much fried the electrical system.  We original thought we could get it cleaned up and ready to go.”

The site was the location of the Breakfast Club before Vari took it over as the Brunch Club.

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Brunch Club owner Jim Vari said damage to his business was more extensive than first thought. (Photo: Amelia Robinson)

Instead, Vari said his 14 employees have been waiting for repairs to be made before they can return to work.

Much of the damage had been contained to the kitchen. Smoke damage to the dinning area has already been resolved. 

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He said the restaurant will get a new kitchen. 

“It will be all great when it is done, but in the meantime it is not fun,” he said. 

“We are actually quite fortunate that no one got hurt. This could all be fixed.” 

Vari said his customers have been supportive. 

“I’ve talked to a lot of them and people have been posting stuff on Facebook,” he said.  Hopefully we will be back here better than ever hopefully in the next three weeks or so.”  

Brunch Club owner Jim Vari said damage to his business was more extensive than first thought. (Photo: Amelia Robinson)
Brunch Club owner Jim Vari said damage to his business was more extensive than first thought. (Photo: Amelia Robinson)

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