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May 11, 2007 12:03 AM

Broken: Max's restaurant sign

MaxsramadainnScott Souchock submits a picture of a restaurant sign taken in Seattle, Washington:

I stumbled across this sign for a restaurant called Max's at the Ramada Inn the other day.

It is interesting how on the sign, an "All Day Breakfast" is served from "7am to 1:30 pm."
I wonder what they consider the other 17 1/2 hours to be?


the other 17 1/2 hours are night

Posted by: Aaron Davis at May 11, 2007 12:28 AM

The restaurant is only open from 7am to 1:30 pm, so it *is* “all day” for them.

Posted by: Don at May 11, 2007 08:36 AM

How else would you phrase this? The sign communicates two things: that breakfast is served while they are open, and that they are open from 7am to 1:30pm. If you try to make it more specific, you either lose brevity (important for such a sign), or you introduce ambiguity by blending the two separate facts.

Posted by: Fastolfe at May 11, 2007 12:57 PM

"Breakfast Anytime" or "Breakfast Always Served"

"Open 7am - 1:30pm"

"All day" is a very specific statement. Most places that say "Breakfast all day" want you to know that you can have eggs and toast for dinner if you so choose.

There's nothing on this sign that says that the restaurant's hours of operation are 7:30-1:30 -- the implication, without having retrieved information elsewhere, is that breakfast is served in those hours, which causes the confusion about "why not after 1:30"

Posted by: tandy1000tl2 at May 11, 2007 01:23 PM

On the other hand, if "all day" means "throughout the daytime", it should only be 7am to Noon.

Posted by: Munchkinguy at May 13, 2007 04:50 PM

We were in New Zealand recently, and "all-day breakfast" meant a breakfast that would last you all day, without the need to stop for lunch.

Posted by: Sam at May 21, 2007 03:32 PM

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