Sunday breakfasts are back at the Kiwanis Tea Room at Willows Beach.
“Weatherizing the Tea Room allowed us to offer our popular $10 Sunday breakfasts during the winter months last year,” said Darlene Newburg. “This proved quite a hit with neighbours and visitors alike. After three months we had raised more than $10,000 for the Kiwanis Pavilion.”
Newburg, a former Oak Bay bank manager, chairs the foundation dedicated to supporting the 122-bed Kiwanis Pavilion at 3034 Cedar Hill Rd. Owned and operated by the Oak Bay Kiwanis Health Care Society, the Pavilion cares for the elderly requiring specialized dementia care.
“All those breakfasts helped us buy bathtubs and refurbish bathing rooms at the Pavilion,” said Newburg. “Also to update furniture and flooring and put up new curtains.”
While enjoying a sweeping view overlooking Willows beach and seaside, breakfast patrons have a choice of two menus at $10, one featuring eggs (scrambled, poached or fried), the other pancakes or French toast with maple syrup. Both come with hash browns, ham or bacon, juice and tea or coffee. Breakfast is served Sundays only, 9 a.m. to noon.
For six decades the Tea Room was only a warm-weather facility. Last January the Willows Park eatery began opening for winter Sunday breakfasts. “On sunny days we sat over 100 and as many as 120,” said Newburg. “On greyer days we still had 70 or 80.”
Thermal windows and a new heating system provide the comfort that allows winter operation in a facility originally designed for summers only and have expanded fundraising opportunities for the 40-member Kiwanis Club of Oak Bay and its associated boards.