Events

Celebrating a Neighborhood Tradition

Posted on: August 7, 2018
Mayor Policastro presents Men's Tuesday Breakfast Club with a proclamation.

Mayor Policastro presents Men's Tuesday Breakfast Club with a proclamation.

In April of 1983, The National Exemplar began operation in the Mariemont, Ohio landmark, the Mariemont Inn. It wasn't but a few years later when a true neighborhood tradition began.

Meet the Men's Tuesday Breakfast Club. For more than 30 years, Dan LeBlonde, Jay Karpen, Tom Grote, John Ruthven, Tom Comey and Tad Lawrence have met to dine at The National Exemplar once, if not twice a week.

Proud to be a part of a decades-old tradition, The National Exemplar, along with Mariemont Mayor Daniel Policastro, honored the group Tuesday morning with a caricature, which will hang in the restaurant, and a proclamation that August 7, 2018, shall hereby be "The National Exmeplar's Men's Tuesday Breakfast Club" Day.

From blueberry pancakes to waffles, poached eggs, and English muffins, the men's favorites vary, but their love of The National Exemplar does not.

The National Exemplar's Lisa Hopkins presents the group with a caricature made just for them.

The National Exemplar's Lisa Hopkins presents the group with a caricature made just for them.

"What's kept us coming back all these 30 years? It's the best," Lawrence said. "The personnel that wait on us, and serve us, make it fun."

The group makes sports bets every week depending on the week's athletic events, and the activity is not something to be missed.

Ranging in age from 67 to 100, the group enjoys heartily discussing current events and politics, and often they greet many of the other guests who come to dine.

The Men's Tuesday Breakfast Club has become a fixture of The National Exemplar, and we are proud to serve them and host their tradition, as it is a part of our own neighborhood tradition.

Every member of the group got to bring home his own caricature and proclamation.

Every member of the group got to bring home his own caricature and proclamation.