Hunter Stenback, Senior Staff Writer

Seniors Vince Mancuso and Ben Stockwell and manager Nathan Uhl dine at the expanding restaurant Monday. The patrons call themselves “regulars” of Morning Sun. (SAMANTHA LUDINGTON | The Miami Student)

In time for the new school year, Morning Sun Café and Bakery has expanded to offer a more complete dining experience for students and residents alike.

According to Morning Sun manager Nathan Uhl, the restaurant has nearly doubled in capacity and has added alcohol to the menu after obtaining a liquor license from the city.

The restaurant is now serving Bloody Marys and mimosas. Uhl said he expects the addition of a full bar and expanded hours by the beginning of September.

“Right now we’re only open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the new liquor license allows us to stay open as late as 2:30 a.m.,” Uhl said. “When we introduce the new hours we will at least be open 7 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and if people are drinking we are allowed, and will, stay open later.”

Uhl said Morning Sun is constantly looking to improve the menu and a new one was recently released.

“We change our menus twice a year already, so we just added a fall 2010 menu that started a few weeks ago,” Uhl said.

Once the new hours go into effect in September, Uhl said the restaurant plans to offer some food along with the bar service, but will most likely have a smaller menu.

“In the evenings we won’t have a full menu, but we’ll have some of our more popular items available to go with the drinks,” Uhl said.

Miami University junior Matt McCandless said because he is not of drinking age, the new bar won’t affect him, but he is interested in trying out the new menu.

“Obviously to me the addition of a bar won’t matter for a while, but I’ve enjoyed Morning Sun for breakfast and would be interested to check out their new menu,” he said.

Senior Frank Ebetino is eagerly awaiting Morning Sun as a potential new late night hang out with friends.

“Adding another bar uptown that is somewhat off the regular bar path sounds like a great place for a low-key night,” Ebetino said. “Sometimes it’s nice to go out without having to deal with the crowds a lot of the bars in Oxford have.”

Uhl said the restaurant is available for rent for private parties.