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Downtown dining options expand (including breakfast!)

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With the closure this month of the Old Town Grill, a lot of folks have been left with one less option for meeting someone downtown on a weekday morning for breakfast (Yes, there are other options, but this was one popular spot.).

Seeing an opportunity, Jack Hyland at J. Brian’s Tap Room on Hanover Street started serving breakfast this morning.

He’s still working out the details of long-term breakfast service with his staff (After all, it’s no walk in the park to close down a kitchen close to midnight only to have to turn around and cook breakfast bright and early.), but for now, breakfast service will run 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Hyland says diners can expect typical breakfast fare–bacon, eggs, sausage, omelets, pancakes, French toast, etc. He hopes to expand breakfast service to Sundays, and perhaps open by 8 a.m., in the future.

In other downtown dining news, Van and Deborah Perroy, owners of the Inn at Fredericksburg Square (whose downstairs formerly housed Augustine’s fine dining restaurant) will be opening their main ballroom at 525 Caroline St. to regular dinners beginning Feb. 29.

On Wednesday through Saturday nights, a prix-fixe dinner will be served from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the ballroom, which dates to 1854 and has served as a residence, Elks Lodge and Post Office in the past. Cost is $28 per person, and Deborah Perroy says diners should expect candlelight, fine linens and crystal (i.e., it should impress your date). You can read about the Perroys’ long-term plan for this facility here. The bar will also be open these hours.