Are You Open For Breakfast?

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Okay, 6:52AM and I got the call I have never had before... "Are you open for breakfast?"

This is the most exclusive of breakfast restaurants, sir. You have to stay the night to get a reservation!

Do you get these calls too?

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That is funny and kinda cool really.  We plan on doing bi-weekly brunches for the local business folks and community by reservation only.  That way we don't have to have a full restaurant-type kitchen and it will encourage locals to use us for their visiting families.

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The Safford Inn wrote:

That is funny and kinda cool really.  We plan on doing bi-weekly brunches for the local business folks and community by reservation only.  That way we don't have to have a full restaurant-type kitchen and it will encourage locals to use us for their visiting families.

Have you already got approval to do this? Typically if you serve anyone OTHER than your B&B guests you will be required to have a commercial kitchen. 

I think you said Florida? In Florida many of the jurisdictions do not even allow cooking for B&B guests, which is why they cannot serve on crockery, or other than paper plastic plates. Nothing can be made in house, only packaged and purchased.

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Yes, we have been approved for it.  Arizona law based certain permits on number of rooms and size of establishment.  Once the word reservation is used, we can serve up to 20 people at a time within a 12 hour day period.  All of our food will be permitted to be made on-site.

 

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The Safford Inn wrote:

Yes, we have been approved for it.  Arizona law based certain permits on number of rooms and size of establishment.  Once the word reservation is used, we can serve up to 20 people at a time within a 12 hour day period.  All of our food will be permitted to be made on-site.

 

I have no idea why I thought FLA. Arizona, okay got it. There is ALWAYS a shortage of places for a nice breakfast. 

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Check the regulations  - State, County, City - and get it in writing before you plan doing brunches or anything for the Public.

In my State, I am not required to have a commercial kitchen because I am 3 rooms (6 rooms or less is exempt) BUT I am only permitted to serve registered guests. IF I were to offer a meal of any kind to the Public (anyone off the street, reservations or not unless they were registered guests at the B & B) I would have to have a commercial kitchen because I would be serving the Public. If I had 7 rooms, I would be required to have the commercial kitchen.

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Lots of walk-ins ask that in the morning. Occasional phone calls asking.

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 yes.  calls and people at the door.  the little hotel across the street had a public restaurant in addition to b&b rooms, so it wasn't surprising that folks wanted to eat at my place.  plus my breakfast room had a water view! 

lots of places serve the public in addition to overnight guests.

at first i was anxious and felt like it was breaking the law and would decline.  in my last year, i got quite brazen and let them come in ... if i had room.  i told them it was a set price, and only one breakfast on the menu.  they loved it. and some booked a room for that night. 

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Had a big group show up at the door once - young-ish, about six of them.  They had called around 8:00 a.m., asked if we served breakfast (not an uncommon question in differentiating us from a hotel, and when DH said 'yes', they hung up without getting the rest of the story.  When they rang the doorbell and one owned up to calling and 'you said you served breakfast', I had to break it to him that only guests got breakfast.  His girl elbowed him, saying 'I told you so' and he sheepishly admitted that he should have asked the follow-up question.  I sent them to our local version of a diner.

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Usually it is locals who will ring the bell and ask if they can just come for breakfast some morning.  They say they love the area, have walked the trails many times and have always wanted to stay here but, of course, they don't.  Instead they go home a few miles away and make their OWN breakfast!  

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I do not get calls, but I DO get asked if they can just come for breakfast.

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I even get asked if I will come home with them

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yes

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