JONESVILLE — Long-time Yadkin County eating establishment, Captain’s Galley, is taking on a new look, a new menu and a new name.
“The original Breakfast Time opened in Winston-Salem in 2009,” explained Gus Siokis, owner of Captain’s Galley, which closed recently for renovations and will reopen as the newest Breakfast Time restaurant in a few weeks.
Since that first Breakfast Time opened, he said he, his father and brothers have opened two more locations, one in Concord and one in Salisbury. “We have seen a tremendous response,” Siokis said.
“One of the reasons our dad started Breakfast Time was on accident. He wanted to retire, but end his career in the restaurant business where he started,” he said of his father, who started in the restaurant business owning Coliseum Kitchen in Winston-Salem, a 24-hour place with counter service serving breakfast and coffee.
“That was one of the things he wanted to bring into Breakfast Time.”
After opening the first Breakfast Time, Siokis said his father hasn’t been able to retire. “He’s still going to Breakfast Time, and it’s taken a life of his own. It is very popular,” he said.
The restaurant facility in Jonesville is undergoing a renovation with a fresh look, new equipment and the addition of a counter breakfast bar to give it a “retro feel like diners had in the old days,” Siokis said.
One of the features of the new menu is items mostly grown and produced in North Carolina, including the bacon, eggs and sausage.
“We offer homemade breakfast and homemade lunches. The menu has any kind of eggs, omelets, pancakes, waffles, infused with fruit. Another thing that makes me excited about it is the increased amount of fruits and vegetables we’re going to offer. It is something people have taken to and seek us out for.”
For those fans of Captain’s Galley seafood, Siokis said he hopes to offer seafood on occasions as a special.
“There were many factors incorporated in the decision,” he said of choosing to switch from a seafood format to Breakfast Time. “The seafood industry is changing.”
He said it has become harder to know if you can get certain seafood items and at times there is no way to know where the seafood is coming from, something that isn’t an issue with Breakfast Time since many of its foods are North Carolina produced.
“I personally felt more comfortable having the privilege to have the Breakfast Time brand blossom, compared to the unevenness of the seafood industry.”
The Captain’s Galley building needed updating, Siokis said of the location which opened in 2005.
“So do we update Captain’s Galley or update and do something completely different? We just happened to have the answer. I’d rather be able to tell my customers this bacon is from Denton, the eggs from Yadkinville or other local areas. I like that, they like that.”
He said he also wants to be in a position to be able to give back to the community and invest in the schools and town.
Plans for Breakfast Time are to be open for business by the end of April or in early May. Siokis said he is waiting on a couple of pieces of equipment to come in which won’t arrive until closer to the end of the month.
But when Breakfast Time opens, it will be filled with familiar faces. “Our entire staff from Captain’s Galley will remain here. Nobody lost their job. We’ve taken them to other locations to train, so in about two weeks we’ll be ready, we are just waiting on that one piece of equipment,” said Siokis.
“Most of our staff has worked here for years and years. We’re like a little family.”
Breakfast Time in Jonesville will be open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. when it opens its doors.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.