Two breakfast restaurants in Tulsa to diversify experience and extend hours – FOX23 News
TULSA, Okla. – Two breakfast restaurants in Tulsa are breaking the mold and opening overnight.
Both companies said it was important to diversify the experience as people resume eating in restaurants post-COVID.
Bramble, in the Pearl District of Tulsa, replaces the jelly with salsa. They are now open in the evening when the restaurant also changes its name to Hole Mole. They will serve Mexican food in the evening.
Manager Mandy Lauke told FOX23 the idea came about because some of their staff shared family recipes and they want Tulsa to try them too.
“It seems crazy to completely overthrow this restaurant. It’s really crazy, but I think it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Lauke said.
She also said it was important for restaurants to change things up in order to keep the doors open.
“Since we’re a breakfast, brunch if you will, we were sort of sitting on an empty space after 3 p.m.,” Lauke explained. “We didn’t bring any money, but we still pay the same amount for our space. So we thought, why not bring in some extra capital? A fun way to get creative without having to find a new place.
“This core of people who [work] in an office here were working from home, so we had to cut our hours,” Carpenter said. “We had to be as efficient as possible with the hours, and that allowed us to have the space that we wanted to create value, and our thing from the start is that we want to leverage as many hours as possible for this to be a community space.
So Carpenter brought in a collective of chefs at night called Et Al. The group is made up of 11 chefs and they serve different dishes on different nights of the week.
Colin Sato is one of the leaders, and he told FOX23 that sharing space in a time of increased inflation and supply chain issues got them started.
“For their part, they are open until 3 a.m. [p.m.], but they pay rent 24 hours a day,” Sato explained. “On our side, we were totally new. None of us had owned a business before. So really, it was our way of being able to do a business two or three days a week to start without having to deal with all this overhead and license fees and stuff.
He continued, “It was a way to get your feet wet without taking such a huge risk.”
Carpenter also said it has been very successful so far.
“Sales have gone up week on week, month on month, the amount of creativity they’ve put in has only gotten better since they’ve been here. The idea is that we have space and that we want to share it, so we do.
And Al was so successful at Foolish Things that they’ve now moved to five to six nights a week.
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