Former Little Caesars Franchisee to Open First Eggs Up Grill in Tennessee

Regional franchise owner, family restaurateur and community leader heads development of new breakfast destination in the Tri-Cities area           

JOHNSON CITY, TENN. – Eggs Up Grill, a rapidly growing breakfast, brunch and lunch concept, begins construction this month on its first Tennessee location in Johnson City. The restaurant, known for its great-tasting, freshly prepared meals, friendly service and inviting atmosphere, is located at 2011 N. Road Street, at The Mall at Johnson City, situated in the upbeat and flourishing area of town. This is the first Eggs Up Grill for Franchise Owner Ken Bates. 

“We know the breakfast segment is thriving so opening the first Eggs Up Grill in Tennessee is exciting and the best choice in terms of value and quality,” said Bates. “Along with the menu, we’re always impressed with the family atmosphere at Eggs Up Grill, which is something we’ve always promoted and will continue to do so. It will be a fun place to work.” 

Bates, a native of Kingsport, TN, has worked in the franchise business for more than 30 years, yielding an extensive knowledge of the restaurant industry and general business development. Bates’ prominent      career with Little Caesars began in Clinton, TN, and grew to 24 restaurants across four states, including Tennessee, Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia.       The restaurateur’s business tenure also includes Chase Meadows residential development along with new commercial interests. Bates has served as president of East Tennessee State University (ETSU) Pirate Club and continues support of the ETSU Foundation.

Eggs Up Grill in Johnson City will feature the brand’s newest kitchen innovation, which includes a streamlined design and the addition of fryers, allowing Eggs Up Grill to expand its menu offerings.

Bates is especially pleased to be opening in a popular residential location, close to local schools and in the heart of the city’s dining and entertainment district. Bates eventually wants to grow with the Brand and open five Eggs Up Grills in the Tri-Cities Tennessee and Virginia market.

Bates says, “The Johnson City Mall location lends a regional draw and is currently the happening place in Johnson City for new restaurant concepts.”

With seating for 106, plus an outdoor patio for dining, the 2,750 square-foot restaurant will be designed to make guests feel at home in a light, bright and cheery atmosphere. Whether dining at the counter feeling the energy from the kitchen, at a table shared with neighbors and friends, outside on the patio or in a cozy booth, guests can choose seating options to suit the perfect occasion or mood. The walls will feature artwork specifically designed for Eggs Up Grill that pays homage to its namesake, the Egg.

The Johnson City restaurant will serve guests seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. with dine-in, online ordering, takeout, catering and delivery options available. A convenient to-go station will allow for easy pick-up for online orders and third-party delivery.

Eggs Up Grill caters events big or small, with a menu featuring breakfast favorites like eggs, grits, home fries, biscuits and gravy and muffins. Salads, sandwiches and wraps are available for catered lunch.

“We are excited to open the first Eggs Up Gill in Tennessee and begin serving and supporting the Johnson City community,” said Eggs Up Grill CEO Ricky Richardson. “Eggs Up Grill is not just a great dining option for breakfast and lunch, but also a hub for local activity. We look forward to partnering with the community and serving our neighbors.”

With locations across the Southeast – Georgia, Florida, the Carolinas and Virginia, Eggs Up Grill offers seasonal items and its full menu for dine-in, takeout or delivery. Menu categories include omelets and benedicts prepared with fresh, hand-cracked eggs, pancakes, waffles, and breakfast sandwiches, as well as classic breakfast entrees. Lunch choices included juicy burgers, tasty sandwiches, wraps and salads. The menu also offers heart-healthy and gluten-friendly options and a kids’ menu.  The full menu is available open to close, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Family Bundle meals are offered for takeout and delivery, providing an easy option to feed four people starting at $25. All locations are individually owned and operated by a local member of the community, providing great-tasting, freshly prepared breakfast, brunch and lunch options. 

The Johnson City Eggs Up Grill restaurant plans to employ 25 team members and will begin hiring later this year. Those interested can apply at eggsupgrill.com. For more information on the Johnson City restaurant, follow @eugjohnsoncity on Instagram and Facebook. 

Eggs Up Grill now open in Richmond, Va.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Eggs Up Grill, a rapidly growing breakfast, brunch, and lunch concept is opening its first restaurant in Virginia. On Monday, August 2, local franchise owners Rob and Karla Thompson welcomed their Richmond neighbors with great-tasting, freshly prepared meals, and friendly service.

“We’ve been thinking about opening a restaurant for the last five years. What really attracted us to Eggs Up Grill is how important community is, and the charitable works of the franchise partners,” said Rob Thompson.

The restaurant is located at 2003 W. Huguenot Road in the Huguenot Village Shopping Center next to Publix. It features a light, bright, and cheery atmosphere designed to make guests feel comfortable and at home. The new restaurant will feature the brand’s newest kitchen innovation which includes a streamlined design and the addition of fryers, allowing Eggs Up Grill to expand its menu offerings.

Eggs Up Grill traces its roots to Pawleys Island, South Carolina where it was founded in 1997 with a menu featuring classic, All-American dishes, along with twists on traditional favorites.  The restaurant takes pride in perfectly cooking fresh, hand-cracked eggs 14 different ways.  Menu categories include made-to-order omelets and benedicts, pancakes, waffles, and breakfast sandwiches, as well as famous home fries, the Founder’s recipe corned beef hash, and buttery, grilled blueberry muffins. Lunch choices included juicy burgers, tasty sandwiches, wraps and salads.

The Richmond opening is part of the Brand’s focus on expanding in Virginia.  Currently, Eggs Up Grill has restaurants in development in Blacksburg and Norfolk, in addition to the two other restaurants the Thompsons will open in the Richmond market.

“We are excited to open in Richmond, not only providing guests a great dining option for breakfast and lunch, but also serving as a hub for local activity,” says Eggs Up Grill CEO Ricky Richardson. “We are eager to meet and partner with the community and serve our neighbors.”

Thompson is a retired Navy intelligence officer and is the owner of HT Innovations, a defense contracting company specializing in space-based systems. He also served four years as the Matoaca district representative for the Chesterfield County School Board. After learning about Eggs Up Grill, the Thompsons were drawn to the better breakfast concept because it aligned with their values.

“We both believe in serving this great community, and it’s through our Eggs Up Grill restaurants that we will continue our personal mission of doing so,” he added.

The Richmond restaurant will serve guests seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. with dine-in, online ordering, takeout, catering and delivery options available. A dedicated to-go station allows for easy pick-up for online orders and third-party delivery.  Eggs Up Grill caters events big or small, with a catering menu featuring breakfast favorites like eggs, grits, home fries, biscuits and gravy and muffins. Salads, sandwiches and wraps are available for catered lunch. Delivery will be available.

For more information on the Richmond restaurant, follow @eugmidlothian on Instagram and Facebook.

Wendy’s Franchisee and Former Henry’s Smokehouse Co-Owner Partner to Open Eggs Up Grill in Clemson

Childhood friends, seasoned restaurateurs lead development of five new breakfast spots in the Golden Corner this Fall

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Eggs Up Grill, a rapidly growing breakfast, brunch, and lunch concept, begins construction this month on its first location in Clemson. The restaurant, known for its great-tasting, freshly prepared meals, friendly service, and inviting atmosphere, is located at 101 Canoy Lane, formally 4 Paw American Pub, in Tillman Village. This is the first of five Eggs Up Grills for Franchise Partners Darby Smith and Jackson Turner. 

Darby Smith and Jackson Turner are ready to spread smiles in Clemson.

Smith and Turner are childhood friends and both have extensive backgrounds in the restaurant industry. Turner is a Clemson native and is the co-owner of First Sun Management with his father. For the last 35 years, the franchising company has owned and operated 19 Wendy’s restaurants in South Carolina and Georgia. Smith most recently served as the co-owner of three Henry’s Smokehouse Barbecue and Catering restaurants in Greenville, S.C. He is a Clemson graduate and will operate the new restaurant.

“We have dreamed of going into the restaurant business together for years,” said Smith. “We’ve both dined at Eggs Up Grill many times and we were always impressed with the quality of food and consistently great service.” 

The Clemson restaurant will feature the brand’s newest kitchen innovation which includes a streamlined design and the addition of fryers, allowing Eggs Up Grill to expand its menu offerings.

Turner says that breakfast is a growing daypart, and that they are glad to invest in a brand that is the best in the business. “It’s truly a brand that aligns with our family values,” he added.

The partners are especially excited to be opening just two miles from Clemson University, in the heart of off-campus living where they will welcome football fans on game weekends. The duo is targeting Easley, Seneca, and Greenwood for future locations.

With seating for 136, plus an outdoor patio for dining for up to 36, the 2,600 square-foot restaurant will be designed to make guests feel at home in a light, bright and cheery atmosphere. Whether dining at the counter feeling the energy from the kitchen, at a table shared with neighbors and friends, outside on the patio or in a cozy booth, guests can choose seating options to suit the perfect occasion or mood. The walls will feature artwork specifically designed for Eggs Up Grill that pays homage to its namesake, the Egg.

The Clemson restaurant will serve guests seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. with dine-in, online ordering, takeout, catering, and delivery options available. A convenient to-go station will allow for easy pick-up for online orders and third-party delivery.

Eggs Up Grill will also cater events big or small, with a menu featuring breakfast favorites like eggs, grits, home fries, biscuits and gravy and muffins. Salads, sandwiches and wraps are available for catered lunch.

“We are excited to open a new location this summer and begin serving and supporting the Clemson community,” said Eggs Up Grill CEO Ricky Richardson. “Eggs Up Grill is not just a great dining option for breakfast and lunch, but also a hub for local activity. We look forward to partnering with the community and serving our neighbors.”

With locations across the Southeast – Georgia, Florida, the Carolinas and Virginia, Eggs Up Grill offers seasonal items and its full menu for dine-in, takeout or delivery. Menu categories include omelets and benedicts prepared with fresh, hand-cracked eggs, pancakes, waffles, and breakfast sandwiches, as well as classic breakfast entrees. Lunch choices included juicy burgers, tasty sandwiches, wraps and salads. The menu also offers heart-healthy and gluten-friendly options and a kids’ menu.  The full menu is available open to close, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Family Bundle meals are offered for takeout and delivery, providing an easy option to feed four people starting at $25. All locations are individually owned and operated by a local member of the community, providing great-tasting, freshly prepared breakfast, brunch and lunch options. 

The Clemson Eggs Up Grill restaurant plans to employ 25 team members and will begin hiring later this year. Those interested can apply at eggsupgrill.com. For more information on the Clemson restaurant, follow @eugclemson on Instagram and Facebook.  

About Eggs Up Grill:

Eggs Up Grill is home to the whole neighborhood, serving smiles from sunup through lunch. The aromas of freshly brewed coffee, savory bacon and hand-cracked, farm-fresh eggs and juicy burgers on the griddle, and warm, attentive team members will make you feel right at home. We are “neighbors serving neighbors” daily from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Recently ranked as the no. 1 breakfast franchise by Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500®, Eggs Up Grill is experiencing record growth across the Southeast. Originally founded in Pawleys Island, S.C., by restaurateur Chris Skodras, Eggs Up Grill now has 47 locations.  In 2018, private equity firm WJ Partners acquired Eggs Up Grill, building the team and priming the brand to rapidly grow in more communities across the U.S. with plans underway to reach the 100 restaurant mark by 2023. For more information, visit eggsupgrill.com.

Eggs Up Grill opens in Winter Garden

New breakfast concept opens at West Point Commons; brings 25 new jobs to area

WINTER GARDEN, Fla. – Eggs Up Grill, a rapidly growing breakfast, brunch and lunch concept opened its first location in Central Florida.  On Monday, July 19, local franchise owners Noel and Annie Arriola welcomed their Winter Garden neighbors with great-tasting, freshly prepared meals, and friendly service.

“Annie and I have dreamed about opening a restaurant for the last 10 years, so when we discovered Eggs Up Grill, we knew right away it was a great match for us,” Arriola said.  “Eggs Up Grill’s motto is Everything to Make You Smile and that’s what we’re going to deliver to our guests each day through the food and service we provide.  We are thrilled to serve our neighbors.”

The restaurant is located at 13750 W. Colonial Drive at the West Point Commons Plaza right next to the Publix Supermarket.  It features a light, bright and cheery atmosphere designed to make guests comfortable and feel at home. 

Eggs Up Grill traces its roots to Pawleys Island, South Carolina where it was founded in 1997 with a menu featuring classic, All-American dishes, along with twists on traditional favorites.  The restaurant takes pride in perfectly cooking fresh, hand-cracked eggs 14 different ways.  Menu categories include made-to-order omelets and benedicts, pancakes, waffles, and breakfast sandwiches, as well as famous home fries, the Founder’s recipe corned beef hash, and buttery, grilled blueberry muffins. Lunch choices include juicy burgers, tasty sandwiches, wraps and salads.

“When we opened our first two Florida restaurants in Ocala and Tampa in 2020, we were overwhelmed by the neighborhood support and success Eggs Up Grill had in those communities,” said Eggs Up Grill CEO Ricky Richardson.  “We are excited to open in Winter Garden, not only providing guests a great dining option for breakfast and lunch, but also serving as a hub for local activity. We are eager to meet and partner with the community and serve our neighbors.”

The Winter Garden opening is and part of the Brand’s focus on expanding in Florida.  There are already development plans to open three additional restaurants in the Orlando market.  Arriola says Winter Garden’s growth makes it the perfect place to open their restaurant as the demand for breakfast options along Route 50 have increased.

“The restaurant is close to a great mix of shopping and culture and we look forward to being right in the heart of the city’s growth explosion.”

Arriola’s career spans 30 years in the technology industry, most recently acting as a director of information technology in Orlando. He says that he is eager to spearhead, with his wife, this new venture. The Arriolas plan to support the charitable and ministry efforts of their home church, as well as supporting local schools in the area.

“We understand the importance of serving the community where you work and live. It’s more than just opening a restaurant for us, it’s the fulfillment of getting to know our neighbors, feeding them great food and finding ways to support them.” 

The Winter Garden restaurant serves guests seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. with dine-in, online ordering, takeout, catering and delivery options available. A dedicated to-go station allows for easy pick-up for online orders and third-party delivery.  Eggs Up Grill caters events big or small, with a catering menu featuring breakfast favorites like eggs, grits, home fries, biscuits and gravy and muffins. Salads, sandwiches and wraps are available for catered lunch. Delivery is available.

For more information on Winter Garden location, visit @eugwintergarden on Instagram, and facebook.com/EUGWinterGarden.

About Eggs Up Grill:

Eggs Up Grill is home to the whole neighborhood, serving smiles from sunup through lunch. The aromas of freshly brewed coffee, savory bacon and hand-cracked, farm-fresh eggs and juicy burgers on the griddle, and warm, attentive team members will make you feel right at home. We are “neighbors serving neighbors” daily from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Recently ranked as the no. 1 breakfast franchise by Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500®, Eggs Up Grill is experiencing record growth across the Southeast. Originally founded in Pawleys Island, S.C., by restaurateur Chris Skodras, Eggs Up Grill now has 48 locations.  In 2018, private equity firm WJ Partners acquired Eggs Up Grill, building the team and priming the brand to rapidly grow in more communities across the U.S. with plans underway to reach the 100 restaurant mark by 2023. For more information, visit eggsupgrill.com.

Eggs Up Grill to Begin Construction on First Restaurant in Virginia

Popular breakfast spot to open first of three Richmond locations in Huguenot Village Shopping Center   

RICHMOND, Va.– Eggs Up Grill, a rapidly growing breakfast, brunch, and lunch concept will soon begin construction on a new location set to open in June. The restaurant, known for its great-tasting, freshly prepared meals, friendly service, and inviting atmosphere, is located at 2003 W. Huguenot Road in the Huguenot Village Shopping Center next to Publix. This is the first Eggs Up Grill for husband-and-wife team Rob and Karla Thompson and is one of three locations they will open. 

Rob is a retired Naval Intelligence Officer and is the owner of HT Innovations, a defense contracting company specializing in space-based systems. He also served four years as the Matoaca district representative for the Chesterfield County School Board. After learning about Eggs Up Grill, the Thompsons were drawn to the better breakfast concept because it aligned with their values. 

“We’ve been thinking about opening a restaurant for the last five years. What really attracted us to Eggs Up Grill is how important community is, and the charitable works of the franchise partners,” said Rob. “We both believe in serving this great community, and it’s through our Eggs Up Grill restaurants that we will continue our personal mission of doing so.” 

With seating for 100, plus an outdoor patio for dining for 28, the 2,842 square-foot restaurant is designed to make guests feel at home in a light, bright, and cheery atmosphere. The space is designed to provide a comfortable escape that is welcoming and familiar. Whether dining at the counter feeling the energy from the kitchen, at a table shared with neighbors and friends, or in a cozy booth, guests can choose seating options to suit the perfect occasion or mood. The walls will feature artwork specifically designed for Eggs Up Grill that pays homage to its namesake, the Egg.

The Richmond restaurant will serve guests seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. with dine-in, online ordering, takeout, catering, and delivery options available. A dedicated to-go station will allow for easy pick-up for online orders and third-party delivery. 

Eggs Up Grill will also cater events big or small, with a menu featuring breakfast favorites like eggs, grits, home fries, biscuits and gravy, and muffins. Salads, sandwiches, and wraps are available for catered lunch. Delivery will be available.

“We are excited to open this summer, and begin serving and supporting the Richmond community,” said Eggs Up Grill CEO Ricky Richardson. “Eggs Up Grill is not just a great dining option for breakfast and lunch, but also a hub for local activity. We look forward to partnering with the community and serving our neighbors.”

The Thompsons plan to be heavily involved in supporting the elementary and middle schools near their restaurant. They are also blessed with a daughter with special needs who will work in the restaurant, and they look forward to employing others with special needs. 

With locations across the southeast in Georgia, Florida, and the Carolinas, Eggs Up Grill is anticipating that 2021 will be a record-breaking year for development with 12-15 new restaurant openings. The success of the franchise partners at each of these locations starts with the best real estate. That’s why Eggs Up Grill has invested in a two-year partnership with The Retail Strategy (TRS). TRS was  instrumental in the lease process for the Richmond restaurant, applying an individualized approach to finding the right location using mapping and analytics technology to optimize market positioning. Through the Brand partnership with TRS, franchise partners have access to this support at no cost to the franchise partner. 

Eggs Up Grill offers its full menu, open to close, for dine-in, takeout, or delivery.  Menu categories include breakfast sandwiches, benedicts, omelets, pancakes, waffles, French toast, as well as classic breakfast entrees, home-fry bowls, and fan-favorite muffins. There are also lunch choices including burgers, sandwiches, wraps, and salads. 

The Richmond restaurant will employ 15-20 team members and will begin hiring soon. Those interested can apply at eggsupgrill.com. For more information on the Richmond restaurant, visit @eugrichmond on Instagram. 

About Eggs Up Grill:  

Eggs Up Grill is home to the whole neighborhood, serving smiles from sunup through lunch. The aromas of freshly brewed coffee, savory bacon, and hand-cracked, farm-fresh eggs on the griddle, and warm, attentive team members will make you feel right at home. . We are “neighbors serving neighbors” daily from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Recently ranked as the no. 1 breakfast franchise by Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500® for its outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power, Eggs Up Grill is experiencing record growth across the Southeast. Originally founded in Pawleys Island, S.C., by restaurateur Chris Skodras, Eggs Up Grill now has 46 locations and is headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C.  In 2018, private equity firm WJ Partners acquired Eggs Up Grill, building the team, and priming the Brand to rapidly grow in more communities across the U.S. with plans underway to reach the 100-restaurant mark by 2023. For more information, visit https://www.eggsupgrill.com/franchise

Eggs Up Grill Begins Construction for Restaurant in Hendersonville

Popular breakfast spot to open this summer at Chadwick Corners  

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C.Eggs Up Grill, a rapidly growing breakfast, brunch, and lunch concept is starting construction on a new location that will open this summer. The restaurant, known for its great-tasting, freshly prepared meals, friendly service, and inviting atmosphere, is located at 637 Spartanburg Highway next door to Planet Fitness. This is the first Eggs Up Grill for Franchise Partner Daniel Fort. 

Fort has been in the restaurant business for 11 years. Most recently, he was the director of leadership and personal development for various Chick-fil-A restaurants in Greenville, S.C. He says that he has had a house in Henderson County since 1995, and his family has been vacationing in Hendersonville for more than 70 years. 

“Hendersonville has been a second home for me, so to open Eggs Up Grill in what feels like my hometown, and fully invest in this region, is a dream come true,” said Daniel, owner of Eggs Up Grill Hendersonville. “During my first visit to Eggs Up Grill, I was immediately drawn to the quality of the food and warm, friendly service, which led me to join the Brand as a franchise partner. The tight-knit community and neighborly feel of Hendersonville is a perfect complement to Eggs Up Grill as we embody the values of great food, community service, family, and hospitality.” 

With seating for 110, plus an outdoor patio for dining, the 2,800 square-foot restaurant is designed to make guests feel at home in a light, bright, and cheery atmosphere. The space is designed to provide a comfortable escape that is welcoming and familiar. Whether dining at the counter feeling the energy from the kitchen, at a table shared with neighbors and friends, or in a cozy booth, guests can choose seating options to suit the perfect occasion or mood. The walls will feature artwork specifically designed for Eggs Up Grill that pays homage to its namesake, the Egg.

The Hendersonville restaurant will serve guests seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. with dine-in, online ordering, takeout, catering, and delivery options available. A dedicated to-go station will allow for easy pick-up for online orders and third-party delivery. 

Eggs Up Grill will also cater events big or small, with a menu featuring breakfast favorites like eggs, grits, home fries, biscuits and gravy, and muffins. Salads, sandwiches, burgers, and wraps are available for catered lunch. Delivery will be available.

“We are excited to open this summer, and begin serving and supporting the Hendersonville community,” said Eggs Up Grill CEO Ricky Richardson. “Eggs Up Grill is not just a great dining option for breakfast and lunch, but also a hub for local activity. We look forward to partnering with the community and serving our neighbors.”

The new Eggs Up Grill will be focused on giving back to the community. Fort specifically hopes to work with youth and local school sports, Camp Joy, and DuPont State Recreational Forest. 

Eggs Up Grill offers its full menu, open to close, for dine-in, takeout, or delivery.  Menu categories include breakfast sandwiches, benedicts, omelets, pancakes, waffles, French toast, as well as classic breakfast entrees, home-fry bowls, and fan-favorite muffins. There are also lunch choices including burgers, sandwiches, wraps, and salads. 

The Hendersonville restaurant will employ 25 team members and will begin hiring this April. Those interested can apply at eggsupgrill.com or send a resume to eughendersonville@gmail.com. For more information on the Hendersonville restaurant, visit @eggsuphendo on Instagram, and facebook.com/eughendersonville.

About Eggs Up Grill:  

Eggs Up Grill is home to the whole neighborhood, serving smiles from sunup through lunch. The aromas of freshly brewed coffee, savory bacon, and hand-cracked, farm-fresh eggs on the griddle, and warm, attentive team members will make you feel right at home. . We are “neighbors serving neighbors” daily from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Recently ranked as the no. 1 breakfast franchise by Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500® for its outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power, Eggs Up Grill is experiencing record growth across the Southeast. Originally founded in Pawleys Island, S.C., by restaurateur Chris Skodras, Eggs Up Grill now has 47 locations and is headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C.  In 2018, private equity firm WJ Partners acquired Eggs Up Grill, building the team, and priming the Brand to rapidly grow in more communities across the U.S. with plans underway to reach the 100-restaurant mark by 2023. For more information, visit https://www.eggsupgrill.com/franchise

Eggs Up Grill to Open in Winter Garden This Summer

Construction to begin this month at West Point Commons

WINTER GARDEN, Fla. – Eggs Up Grill, a rapidly growing breakfast, brunch, and lunch concept is starting construction on a new restaurant that will open this summer in the West Point Commons Shopping Center. The restaurant, known for its great-tasting, freshly prepared meals, friendly service, and inviting atmosphere, is located at 13750 W. Colonial Drive. This is the first Eggs Up Grill for Franchise Partners Noel and Annie Arriola. 

Noel spent the last 30 years in the technology industry, most recently acting as a director of information technology in Orlando. He says that he has known for a long time that he wanted to do something different. 

“Annie and I have dreamed about opening a restaurant for the last 10 years, so when we discovered Eggs Up Grill, we knew right away it was a great match for us,” Noel said. “We truly align with the company’s core values of serving the community where you work and live. It’s more than just opening a restaurant for us, it’s the fulfillment of getting to know our neighbors, feeding them great food, and finding ways to support them.” 

Noel also added that Winter Garden is experiencing serious growth, and they feel it is a perfect place to open their restaurant as the demand for breakfast options along Route 50 are very high. 

“The restaurant is also close to a great mix of shopping and culture and we look forward to being right in the heart of the city’s growth explosion.” 

With seating for 120, the 3,300 square-foot restaurant is designed to make guests feel at home in a light, bright, and cheery atmosphere. The space provides a comfortable escape that is welcoming and familiar. Whether at the counter feeling the energy from the kitchen, at a table shared with neighbors and friends, or in a cozy booth, guests can choose seating options to suit the perfect occasion or mood. The walls will feature artwork specifically designed for Eggs Up Grill that pays homage to its namesake, the Egg.

The Winter Garden restaurant will serve guests seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with dine-in, online ordering, takeout, catering, and delivery options available. A dedicated to-go station will allow for easy pick-up for online orders and third-party delivery. 

Eggs Up Grill will also cater events big or small, with a menu featuring breakfast favorites like eggs, grits, home fries, biscuits and gravy, and muffins. Salads, sandwiches, and wraps are available for catered lunch. Delivery will be available.

“We are excited to open in the summer, and to begin serving and supporting the Winter Garden community,” said CEO Ricky Richardson. “Eggs Up Grill is not just a great dining option for breakfast and lunch, but also a hub for local activity. We look forward to partnering with the community and serving our neighbors.”

The new Eggs Up Grill will be focused on serving the community. The Arriolas look forward to supporting the charitable and ministry efforts of their home church, as well as supporting local schools in the area. 

With locations across the southeast in Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas, Eggs Up Grill is anticipating that 2021 will be a record-breaking year for development with 12-15 new restaurant openings. The success of the franchise partners at each of these locations starts with the best real estate. That’s why Eggs Up Grill has invested in a nearly two-year partnership with The Retail Strategy (TRS). TRS was instrumental in the lease process for the Winter Garden restaurant, applying an individualized approach to finding the right location using mapping and analytics technology to optimize market positioning. Through the Brand partnership with TRS, franchise partners have access to this support at no cost to the franchise partner. 

Eggs Up Grill offers its full menu, open to close, for dine-in, takeout, or delivery. Menu categories include breakfast sandwiches, benedicts, omelets, pancakes, waffles, French toast, as well as classic breakfast entrees, home-fry bowls, and fan-favorite muffins. There are also lunch choices including burgers, sandwiches, wraps, and salads. 

The Winter Garden restaurant will employ 25 team members and will begin the hiring process later this spring. Those interested can apply at eggsupgrill.com. For updates on the Winter Garden location, visit @eugwintergarden on Instagram, and facebook.com/EUGWinterGarden. 

About Eggs Up Grill:  

Eggs Up Grill is home to the whole neighborhood, serving smiles from sunup through lunch. The aromas of freshly brewed coffee, savory bacon, and hand-cracked, farm-fresh eggs on the griddle, and warm, attentive team members will make you feel right at home. We are “neighbors serving neighbors” daily. Recently ranked as the no. 1 breakfast franchise by Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500® for its outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power, Eggs Up Grill is experiencing record growth across the southeast. Originally founded in Pawleys Island, S.C., by restaurateur Chris Skodras, Eggs Up Grill now has 46 locations and is headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C. In 2018, private equity firm WJ Partners acquired Eggs Up Grill, building the team and priming the Brand to rapidly grow in more communities across the U.S. with plans underway to reach the 100-restaurant mark by 2023. For more information, visit https://www.eggsupgrill.com/franchise

Former Eggs Up Grill CFO Explains Why He Left to Become Multi-Unit Franchisee

This article was published March 14, 2021 on Hometown Headlines in Rome, Georgia:

By Natalie Simms

After 30 years in various corporate roles for companies across the country, local Eggs Up Grill franchisee Andy Wright decided he wanted to build a business of his own. So, he left his job as Chief Financial Officer of Eggs Up Grill, headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, and to open his own Eggs Up Grill restaurants, along with his wife Penny, in Canton and Rome.

The restaurant features the brand’s first pick-up window for takeout orders.

With the Canton restaurant already exceeding expectations since opening in December 2020, Wright hopes the same for the new Rome location that opens at 6 a.m. Monday. And if all goes well, the Wrights hope to continue growing in similar markets such as Cartersville, Dawsonville or Cumming.

“I held corporate roles in finance, procurement, and technology spanning the last 30 years,” says Wright. “These roles were predominately in helping to build small companies into recognized national brands.

“I’ve long been intrigued by the thought of building my own business and shortly after joining Eggs Up, I had the opportunity to spend a few days working in a franchisee’s restaurant and really caught the bug. Within 3 months, I was discussing it with my wife. She had been a part of the restaurant business before with her family business…she knew the complexity of it all.

“But, the restaurant’s family friendly atmosphere, the franchisees passion, community engagement, and focus on team development really excited me then, and excites me even more today…going from a desk job to being in the store and serving guests…its hard work, but exciting and fulfilling for me.”

Wright says he understands the economics of the business and didn’t get into it to ‘get rich’ but to build something for generations to come.

“I wanted something good, wholesome to build on so the next generation can continue to grow for years to come,” he says. “My wife is my also my business partner. We have three kids ages 14, 16 and 18 and all are heavily involved in our business. Our oldest two have trained at the corporate location in Spartanburg (SC) and are now servers in our Canton restaurant. They have really found their confidence in a very challenging year.”

Wright already had already developed his business plan for his first location in Canton and had lease agreements in place before the COVID pandemic began last March. Despite the short-term impacts, he had the confidence to keep moving forward.

“I’ve gone from feeling terrified to excited over the last year,” he says. “A business is a sizable investment and you have lease, loan and franchisee obligations. But I had confidence in our economy and in our medical system. We are social beings and I knew we couldn’t put our heads in the sand for eons.

“While there were short-term impacts, as we moved forward, I had the confidence we would persevere and do well. I left my desk job in March (2020), signed the lease in Canton and started building that location in August. We opened in December and it has exceeded my expectations. My business plan was written out before COVID in 2019 and we still have exceeded that plan.”

Wright says he chose Rome for his second location because of its strong community and regional draw.

“Rome is a regional hub and has a really strong community, vibrant and growing economy and favorable demographics,” he says. “We believe that the community will love our DNA – we are home to the whole neighborhood…serving smiles from sunup through lunch.”

At Eggs Up Grill you will notice the difference in service, menu and venue from the neighboring competition.

“Our service is our passion. We provide real service for real people and making them smile is job No. 1,” says Wright. “We have warm, friendly, and attentive team members – making you feel right at home. We are neighbors serving neighbors from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.

“We have a vast menu of breakfast and lunch items served all day.  It starts with farm fresh hand cracked eggs cooked 14 ways – varieties include poached, scrambled, fried, omelets, etc.  Breakfast and lunch sandwiches include burgers and wraps, salads, pancakes, waffles, hash, steaks, and a variety of healthy options.

“The restaurant is clean, bright, and family oriented.  We have comfortable seating inside and will be adding patio seating over the next few weeks. We are able to accept orders over the phone or online, and shortly will offer 3rd party delivery services with Door Dash, Grub Hub, and Uber Eats. Orders can be picked up in our Eggside pickup area as well as through our pickup window.”

As for what’s next, Wright says he is focused on “the here and now” in Rome and Canton.

“We are acutely focused on delivering great experiences to our guests and developing our team members in Rome and Canton,” he says. “We want to grow, but not so fast that we outstrip our abilities. We would love to grow in markets that look and feel like Canton and Rome. We will look to opportunistically grow in markets like Cartersville, Dawsonville and Cumming over the coming months and years.”

In the meantime, he is ready to greet customers on Monday and get started bringing new offerings to Rome.

“Rome is such a business-friendly City…they have been so helpful and really rapid in their approval processes,” he says. “And the Ledbetters have been amazing to work with. They have done an amazing job on East Bend. It is well constructed…really top-notch and we’re excited to be here.”

Business hours are 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday-Sunday for breakfast, brunch and lunch. All veterans, active military and first responders will receive a 15% discount every day.

Eggs Up Grill Experiencing Rapid Growth in 2021; Locations Boast Fresh New Interior Design

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Eggs Up Grill projects another record year with rapid growth underway. The breakfast, brunch, and lunch concept will open 12-15 of its newly designed restaurants across the Southeast, reaching nearly 60 locations by the end of 2021. All of the new restaurants feature the Brand’s refined and refreshed restaurant design, ensuring these locations become a welcoming, community mainstay in each neighborhood.

With that growth in mind, and as part of its mission to be a best-in-class franchisor, the Brand is continuing its three-year partnership with Walt Carucci of AE Consulting Services. Carucci works hand in hand with franchisees to ensure support as they work through the restaurant design and contractor selection process. That relationship starts after the signing of the Franchise Agreement, and through the grand opening, helping franchise partners navigate the needs of landlords, architects, equipment and design vendors, and much more. Carucci says the new design of these restaurants brings to life the Brand’s motto of being a happy place for its guests and team members. 

“We used the opening of the company’s flagship restaurant, innovation lab, and training center in 2019 in Spartanburg, S.C., as the opportunity to introduce a refreshed design that impactfully communicates the spirit of the Brand,” said Walt. “We were able to implement those changes at our Spartanburg location, which has prepared us for the robust growth the Brand has experienced year after year.” 

The restaurant, known for its great-tasting, freshly prepared meals, friendly service, and inviting atmosphere, turned to Plan B, a hospitality design and architecture firm in Dallas for the prototype project. Plan B combined refreshing comfort with simplicity and charm that is signature to Eggs Up Grill. Now, that design has been adapted and rolled out into new restaurants in Georgia, the Carolinas, and Florida, and soon to be introduced in new locations in Virginia, Tennessee, and Alabama.

From the moment guests enter, they are greeted with a light, bright, and cheery atmosphere. The space is designed to provide a comfortable escape that is welcoming and familiar. Whether dining at the counter feeling the energy from the kitchen, at a community table shared with neighbors and friends, or in a cozy nook, guests can choose seating options to suit the perfect occasion or mood. The walls feature artwork specifically designed for Eggs Up Grill that pays homage to its namesake, the Egg.

Each restaurant is 2,300 to 2,800 square feet with seating for approximately 85 guests. Guests will enjoy an upbeat, friendly dine-in experience as well as a convenient pick-up station, which allows for convenient access for online orders and third-party delivery. In addition there is a special emphasis on finding real estate that can accommodate patio seating, enabling guest to enjoy the outdoors and for those not yet comfortable with interior dining. The Brand continues to innovate for future locations, including its first pick-up window debuting at the new Rome, Ga., Eggs Up Grill opening March 2021. 

During his career, Carucci has constructed and developed more than 450 restaurants in more than 35 states and held executive positions for multiple chain restaurant companies. His experience spans the industry, including work with quick service, fast casual, casual dining, buffet style, and fine dining. His specialties include real estate acquisitions, building and ground leasing, property development, entitlements, design and construction management, and facilities maintenance.

“Walt was instrumental in contributing to the design and construction of the company-owned Eggs Up Grill prototype in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and now assists franchisees daily with the design and construction phase,” said Todd Owen, vice president of franchise sales and development for Eggs Up Grill. “He helps save our franchisees money and time so they can focus on getting their restaurants ready to open to our guests.”

With locations across the Southeast – Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas, Eggs Up Grill offers its full menu, open to close, for dine-in, takeout, or delivery. Menu categories include breakfast sandwiches, benedicts, omelets, pancakes, waffles, French toast, as well as classic breakfast entrees, home-fry bowls, and fan-favorite muffins. There are also lunch choices including burgers, sandwiches, wraps, and salads. 

About Eggs Up Grill:  

Eggs Up Grill is home to the whole neighborhood, serving smiles from sunup through lunch. The aromas of freshly brewed coffee, savory bacon and hand-cracked, farm-fresh eggs on the griddle, and warm, attentive team members will make you feel right at home. We are “neighbors serving neighbors” daily from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Recently ranked as the no. 1 breakfast franchise by Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500® for its outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power, Eggs Up Grill is experiencing record growth across the Southeast. Originally founded in Pawleys Island, S.C., by restaurateur Chris Skodras, Eggs Up Grill now has 46 locations and is headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C.  In 2018, private equity firm WJ Partners acquired Eggs Up Grill, building the team and priming the brand to rapidly grow in more communities across the U.S. with plans underway to reach the 100-restaurant mark by 2023. For more information, visit https://www.eggsupgrill.com/franchise.

Eggs Up Grill Begins Construction for Restaurant in Fort Mill

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FORT MILL, S.C. – Eggs Up Grill, a rapidly growing breakfast, brunch, and lunch concept is starting construction on a new restaurant that will open this spring at Springfield Town Center in Fort Mill. The restaurant, known for its great-tasting, freshly prepared meals, friendly service, and inviting atmosphere, is located at 516 Mercantile Place.  This is the first Eggs Up Grill for Franchise Partners Andre Smith, and Kevin and Shelly Trayer. 

“Fort Mill is growing by leaps and bounds and we have been watching this area really blossom,” said Andre, co-owner of Eggs Up Grill Fort Mill. “There are so many positives about this location. While it’s growing, it still has that small town feeling that’s a perfect fit for a neighborly restaurant like Eggs Up Grill. That was a really important factor to us when choosing a site. We want to be everyone’s hometown restaurant away from home.” 

With seating for nearly 100, plus an outdoor patio for dining, the 2,765 square-foot restaurant is designed to make guests feel at home in a light, bright, and cheery atmosphere. The space is designed to provide a comfortable escape that is welcoming and familiar. Whether at the counter feeling the energy from the kitchen, at a table shared with neighbors and friends, or in a cozy booth, guests can choose seating options to suit the perfect occasion or mood. The walls will feature artwork specifically designed for Eggs Up Grill that pays homage to its namesake, the Egg.

The Fort Mill restaurant will serve guests seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. with dine-in, online ordering, takeout, catering, and delivery options available. A dedicated to-go station will allow for easy pick-up for online orders and third-party delivery. 

Eggs Up Grill will also cater events big or small, with a menu featuring breakfast favorites like eggs, grits, home fries, biscuits and gravy, and muffins. Salads, sandwiches, and wraps are available for catered lunch. Delivery will be available.

“We are excited to open in the spring, and to begin serving and supporting the Fort Mill community,” said CEO Ricky Richardson. “Eggs Up Grill is not just a great dining option for breakfast and lunch, but also a hub for local activity. We look forward to partnering with the community and serving our neighbors.”

As Fort Mill is a growing town with a strong sense of family, the new Eggs Up Grill will be focused on serving the community. The team specifically hopes to work with local food banks.

Smith, who has ties to the community, has been in the restaurant business for 25 years. He spent most of his time with Fuddruckers and Fatz Cafe. He was a frequent guest of Eggs Up Grill and fell in love with the Brand, which later led him to become a franchisee. Alongside the Trayer’s son Caleb, he will lead operations at the new restaurant.

With locations across the southeast in Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas, Eggs Up Grill is anticipating that 2021 will be a record-breaking year for development with 12-15 new restaurant openings. The success of the franchise partners at each of these locations starts with the best real estate.  That’s why Eggs Up Grill has invested in a nearly two-year partnership with The Retail Strategy (TRS). TRS was instrumental in the lease process for the Fort Mill restaurant, applying an individualized approach to finding the right location using mapping and analytics technology to optimize market positioning. Through the Brand partnership with TRS, franchise partners have access to this support at no cost to the franchise partner. 

Eggs Up Grill offers its full menu, open to close, for dine-in, takeout, or delivery.  Menu categories include breakfast sandwiches, benedicts, omelets, pancakes, waffles, French toast, as well as classic breakfast entrees, home-fry bowls, and fan-favorite muffins. There are also lunch choices including burgers, sandwiches, wraps, and salads. 

The Fort Mill restaurant will employ 25-35 team members and will begin the hiring process soon. Those interested can apply at eggsupgrill.com. For more information on the Fort Mill location, visit @eugfortmill on Instagram, and facebook.com/eugfortmill.

About Eggs Up Grill:  

Eggs Up Grill is home to the whole neighborhood, serving smiles from sunup through lunch. The aromas of freshly brewed coffee, savory bacon, and hand-cracked, farm-fresh eggs on the griddle, and warm, attentive team members will make you feel right at home. We are “neighbors serving neighbors” daily. Recently ranked as the no. 1 breakfast franchise by Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500® for its outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power, Eggs Up Grill is experiencing record growth across the Southeast. Originally founded in Pawleys Island, S.C., by restaurateur Chris Skodras, Eggs Up Grill now has 46 locations and is headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C.  In 2018, private equity firm WJ Partners acquired Eggs Up Grill, building the team and priming the Brand to rapidly grow in more communities across the U.S. with plans underway to reach the 100-restaurant mark by 2023. For more information, visit https://www.eggsupgrill.com/franchise