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Pam George is an award-wining writer and the author of five books, including Shipwrecks of the Delaware Coast: Tales of Pirates, Squalls, and Treasure; Landmarks & Legacies: Exploring Historic Delaware; and Charles Parks: The Man Behind the Art. Her work has appeared in Fortune, USA Today, Men’s Health, and Forbes Travel Guide. She divides her time between Wilmington and Lewes, Delaware.

 

Before the pandemic, brunch at the Columbus Inn was the perfect way to cap a weekend.

Friends gathered on the patio to sip a mimosa, or they bellied up to the bar for a Bloody Mary. The buffet was nothing short of bounteous. 

“It was always such a fun experience, with all of our seasonal items and the buffet,” agreed general manager Hayla DeLano. “We miss having the interaction with our guests and offering them quality food. We had such a great community.”

 

When the dining room was closed to help flatten the curve, the Columbus Inn offered items for takeout. But on Sept. 13, an in-house brunch formally returns to the landmark restaurant’s dining room.

Because of COVID-19, however, there have been a few changes. To encourage guests to socially distance, the buffet is on hold. Servers, however, will bring “part” of the buffet to you, DeLano said.

Family-style portions of seasonal fruit, a mixed green salad, breakfast potatoes, bacon and sausage will be delivered to the guests.

 

Instead of watching a chef make omelets, order one from the list of available entrees.  Featured items also include corned beef hash and eggs Chesapeake with crab cakes, as well as the trendier avocado toast. 

There is also a “Philly omelet” with shaved prime rib, caramelized onions and Cooper sharp American cheese. Hot peppers are on the side.

Miss the raw bar? Add it to your order. The medley includes cold shrimp, crab claws, sesame-seared tuna and cocktail sauce. Glistening oysters on the half-shell are also among the additions—as is a cheese board.

 

During the buffet days, bar patrons could opt for a one-plate feature that gave them a single spin around the buffet tables. Unfortunately, a special for the bar is also on hold. Not only are there no buffet tables, but due to spacing regulations, there are just six seats at the bar. 

“It’s sad that we have to change our model,” DeLano acknowledged. “But we’re excited about our new brunch offering. We’re following safe practices; all our staff wear masks. All areas are sanitized.”

Brunch hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and all items on the menu are available for carryout. Call 302-571-1492 or go to columbusinn.net.

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