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  • ASHLAND BUSINESS

    Beyond breakfast

    Morning Glory owner Patty Groth says she's ready to move on after 17 years
  • Patty Groth owns one of the most popular breakfast spots in Ashland, and she's hungry to sell.
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  • Patty Groth owns one of the most popular breakfast spots in Ashland, and she's hungry to sell.
    The owner and head chef of Morning Glory restaurant for 17 years, Groth said she's ready to part with the eatery she created and move on to the next chapter of her life.
    "I'm just burnt out," said Groth, who is at the restaurant every day and lives just a few blocks away. "It's time for me to move on."
    Groth has put Morning Glory — the building and everything inside it, plus all of her recipes — on the market for $799,000. She's eager for a buyer, but stresses that the restaurant will stay open whether or not one comes forward.
    Trained in a high-end breakfast restaurant in the Bay Area more than 20 years ago, Groth said she opened Morning Glory when her son was 4, realizing a breakfast place would fit best with her busy schedule as a single mom.
    Groth bought the 1926 home Morning Glory sits in, leaving the kitchen and living room intact, and expanding through the bedrooms to create a cozy dining area, and eventually a greenhouse room.
    She said the hours and commitment it took to open the restaurant were more than she ever anticipated.
    "With a child — in hindsight, I probably would have never done it," she said. "It was rough. I used to work 18-hour days to get this place going."
    When she opened, Groth said Morning Glory was doing breakfast in a way no one else around town was.
    "I was taking breakfast to a whole level people hadn't seen before. No one else even had an espresso machine," she said. "I think the timing was right."
    She said she never advertised, but word of mouth helped build the customer base.
    "It's part of the fabric of Ashland," said two-year Ashland resident Christine Brautigam, after eating a late breakfast at Morning Glory Friday. "It's a little expensive, but you get two meals out of it."
    Brautigam brought her mother, Virginia O'Toole, to Morning Glory as their one trip dining out while O'Toole visited from Michigan.
    "I'm a brand new tourist, who's never been here before," said O'Toole. "It was stunning. Best lox and bagel I've ever had. And a bloody mary — I always start my trip with one of those."
    Groth has also attracted lots of loyal employees, many of whom have been with the restaurant for more than 10 years.
    "That's rare for restaurants," she said. "We are a family. It's not just about work."
    With her son now 21, Groth said that the daily grind of running Morning Glory has taken its toll.
    She said it's typical for the restaurant to have 400 orders in a day, and for a waiting list to start just minutes after it opens in the morning.
    "Literally we're doing a meal a minute," said Groth. "I like the intensity of it, but it's also my undoing."
    The restaurant has been on the market since late last year. Groth said there has been some interest, but not as much as she would like.
    "I'm hoping that a chef buys it," said Groth.
    As she moves forward, Groth hopes to finish a cookbook she's been working on for years.
    She also hopes to travel and do volunteer work, while keeping Ashland as a home base.
    "It's been an amazing ride," she said.
    Teresa Ristow is a freelance writer living in Ashland. Email her at teresa.ristow@gmail.com.
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