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 Featured on NBC Station; Multi-Unit Owner Spotlighted

Eggs Up Grill franchise partner Heath Greene is up and running with the first of three restaurants he is developing in the Savannah, Ga. market.

WSAV-TV sat down recently to speak to Eggs Up Grill CEO Ricky Richardson and Greene about the new location.

“I knew it was time for a change after years in the corporate world, but never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d open a restaurant,” said Heath Greene, owner of the new Savannah restaurant. “My family loves eating at Eggs Up Grill, and we started to entertain the idea of opening our own. The more I learned, the more I was attracted to the brand. As we also wanted the opportunity to expand beyond one restaurant, we moved our family to a town that we fell in love with years ago. We believe Eggs Up Grill is a perfect fit for the Savannah market, and we look forward to bringing our guests a great-tasting All-American meal.”

Greene partnered with his childhood friend Ben Sheppard for the business deal.

The opening is part of the breakfast, brunch and lunch brand’s focus on expanding in Georgia where there are currently three locations.  That number will grow to more than a dozen within the next two years.

To watch the full story, click here.

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Eggs Up Grill Invites Guests to “Eat Happy”

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – With Valentine’s Day around the corner signaling the start of a season of springtime celebrations, Eggs Up Grill is rolling out a limited time menu with three new items and an offering of sparkling drinks. Guests are sure to “Eat Happy” enjoying a savory Coastal Crab Cake Benedict and decadent Chocolate Covered Strawberry French Toast starting Monday, Feb. 8, through Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 9.  A Shrimp and Grits Bowl is joining the menu permanently. At participating locations, guests can also choose between Sparkling Rose or a Sparkling Rose Mimosa. 

The Coastal Crab Cake Benedict is around for a limited time!

“At Eggs Up Grill, our goal is to help our guests smile, we exist to make people happy.  Over the past year, so many in person celebrations were canceled.  As we start a new year, we want to serve a bit of happiness to our guests, give them a reason to celebrate and there’s no such thing as a celebration without great tasting food and drink,” said Ricky Richardson, CEO of Eggs Up Grill. “So whether they dine with us in person, or in their own homes, we’ve introducing a savory crab cake that reminds you of  the seaside, an indulgent stuffed French Toast that satisfies any craving, and a flavorful shrimp and grits bowl topped with fresh, made to order eggs.  All of these dishes pair well with our new sparkling rose mimosa.” 

The Coastal Crab Cake Benedict comes with sautéed crab cakes on toasted garlic bread, topped with poached eggs, hollandaise sauce, and a dash of Old Bay® seasoning. It is served with home fries, grits, or fresh fruit starting at $11.99. The Chocolate Covered Strawberry French Toast is two slices of cinnamon French toast stuffed with strawberry cream cheese, topped with powdered sugar and a chocolate drizzle for $7.99. The Shrimp and Grits Bowl features sautéed shrimp, Andouille sausage, sautéed onions, and Swiss cheese. It is served atop fire-roasted tomatoes and spinach grits, with hand-cracked eggs and a side of garlic toast starting at $10.99. Sparkling Rose or a Sparking Rose Mimosa can be ordered for $5.99 each at participating locations.

With locations across the southeast – Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas, Eggs Up Grill offers these seasonal items and its full menu 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. The full menu is available open to close with lunch choices including burgers, sandwiches, wraps, and salads. The menu also offers heart-healthy and gluten-friendly options and a kids’ menu.  Family Bundle meals are also offered for takeout and delivery, providing an easy way 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. 

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 Ranked #1 in Breakfast Restaurants in Entrepreneur’s Highly Competitive Franchise 500

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Eggs Up Grill, a rapidly growing breakfast, brunch, and lunch brand, was recently ranked #1 in the Breakfast Restaurants category in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500®, the world’s first, best, and most comprehensive franchise ranking. The Franchise 500® ranked Eggs Up Grill for its outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power. 

“Being ranked in the prestigious Entrepreneur magazine Franchise 500®, as well as coming in at the top spot for the breakfast category, is a testament to the strength of our franchisees’ dedication to thriving in unprecedented times, but also sticking to who we are at the core, and that’s neighbors serving neighbors,” said Eggs Up Grill CEO Ricky Richardson. “We offer a place where our guests can feel at home and enjoy a great tasting, freshly prepared meal that is delivered with a friendly smile. As many of our guests have shared with us, that is just what they needed over the last year.” 

Eggs Up Grill celebrated a record nine restaurant openings in 2020 and is on track to open more than a dozen new restaurants, entering three additional states, in 2021. Richardson said despite 2020’s challenges, Eggs Up Grill had a productive year and these rankings further reinforce the strength of the brand, the commitment to being a best-in-class franchisor, and Eggs Up Grill’s staying power in the breakfast category. To view Eggs Up Grill in the full ranking, visit www.entrepreneur.com/franchise500.

Since being acquired by WJ Partners in early 2018, Eggs Up Grill has grown to 46 restaurants in four states – Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina – doubling in size under Richardson’s leadership. The brand’s 2021 plans include entry into Virginia, Alabama and Tennessee as it continues to expand across the Southeast.  In all, more than 40 additional restaurants are committed under development agreements, including 18 locations that the brand signed in 2020. The impressive growth, despite the industry challenges of 2020, serves as an indicator that now, more than ever, Eggs Up Grill is an ideal brand for franchising in the restaurant segment.

To maintain those sales levels through 2021, Eggs Up Grill is continuing to adapt to the needs of its franchisees and guests. Amplifying the 2020 introduction of a “touchless” experience (QR menus, digital ordering, contactless payments) the brand is rolling out improvements in online technology to make it easier for its guest to order takeout and delivery. Additionally, the brand is evolving its prototype to further streamline back-of-the-house operations while also testing an order pickup window to enable guests to receive their takeout order without leaving the car. 

“As we enter 2021, we are fully focused on growth – in sales, franchisee profitability and in new restaurants,” said Richardson. “While 2020 was uniquely challenging it helped us refine our business model, identify new sales channels and streamline restaurant operations in a way that serves as a terrific foundation for accelerated growth in 2021.”  

Historically a brand that focused on single restaurant franchisees, Eggs Up Grill is also targeting business-focused investors, both with and without restaurant experience, who are looking for a business growth opportunity.  Franchise partners are attracted to its brand positioning, daypart focus (6 am – 2 pm), successful business model and top notch franchise support, all with a two decade plus proven track record. Todd Owen, vice president of franchise sales and development for Eggs Up Grill said, “once they dive into the brand and engage with our existing franchise partners, prospective franchisees really appreciate the scalability of the concept. Fifty percent of franchisees have multiple locations, and many have signed agreements for additional restaurants.”

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. Originally founded in Pawleys Island, S.C., in 1997 by restaurateur Chris Skodras, Eggs Up Grill has grown to 46 restaurants across the Southeast and is headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C. With strong AUVs and consistent comp sales momentum, no wonder existing franchisees are reinvesting in the brand and new franchisees are joining the Eggs Up Grill family.

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 2022. For more information, visit https://www.eggsupgrill.com/franchise

Eggs Up Grill unveils three new weekday specials

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – A fan-favorite for breakfast, brunch and lunch, Eggs Up Grill will have new menu items this fall that are guaranteed to make guests smile.  Biscuits, Bowls & Burgers provides three limited-time offers that serve as a satisfying meal, whether guests are dining in or taking out. This promotion has the country covered, including:

  • The Denver Omelet Biscuit with Home fries: A flakey biscuit featuring diced ham, onions, peppers, and Cheddar Cheese cooked up into two eggs – $5
  • The Southern Bowl: A bowl that begins with creamy grits and home fries, then topped with savory sausage crumbles, sausage gravy and two fresh eggs – $6
  • The Philly Cheese Steak Burger with Home Fries: A single juicy steak burger patty topped with Philly steak, American cheese, onions and peppers on a brioche bun – $7

The promotion is available at all 43 locations for weekday breakfast, brunch and lunch starting Monday, October 5.

“When we first launched Biscuits, Bowls & Burgers in June, we offered a few of our most popular items at a price point that spoke to our everyday value,” said Richardson. “We are happy to expand upon the success of that promotion with these new items that provide exciting new flavors for our guests, while having fun with regional favorites.”

The brand is also expanding its popular Family Bundle meals, first unveiled in the spring as dining rooms closed due to state and local restrictions. Available for takeout or delivery, these meals are designed to feed a family of four for less than $25, with options available that feed up to six.

Bundle meals include:

  • Build-Your-Own Burger Bundle 10 patties, 6 buns, cheese and assorted toppings and a family-size side of home fries.
  • Take-and Bake Breakfast Casserole made with sausage, hash browns, eggs and cheese and served with six biscuits.
  • Classic Family Breakfast with scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, home fries and a choice of biscuits or pancakes.
  • Build-Your-Own Biscuits served with scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, sausage gravy and home fries.
  • Loaded Home Fries and Eggs topped with a choice of bacon and sausage, and cheddar cheese.

“We are so honored to have a group of franchise partners who have worked so hard over the last six months adapting to new ways of serving guests,” said Richardson. “Whether it’s through online ordering, curbside takeout, delivery or dine-in, our franchise partners are committed to providing the same quality food and service their community depends on at Eggs Up Grill.  These business owners go above and beyond to be a good neighbor and serve their community each day.”

In addition to stringent cleanliness and sanitization, each Eggs Up Grill adheres to strict standards on masks for team members and social distancing of guests.  Touchless payment options are also available to guests.

The Eggs Up Grill menu features feel-good favorites ranging from signature omelets to piled-high burgers and sandwiches. All locations are open with full-service dining, and with online ordering, delivery, curbside and catering options, guests are also able to enjoy Eggs Up Grill fare outside of the location’s four walls. Guests may contact their local Eggs Up Grill for more information. 

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. Originally founded in Pawleys Island, S.C., in 1997 by restaurateur Chris Skodras, Eggs Up Grill has grown to more than 40 locations across the Southeast and is headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C. With strong AUVs and consistent comp sales momentum, it’s no wonder existing franchisees are reinvesting in the brand and new franchisees are joining the Eggs Up Grill family.

For more information, visit www.eggsupgrill.com.

Eggs Up Grill is ready for America to Awaken to Bacon – and Biscuits, Bowls & Burgers

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – As its restaurants return to full-service (operating within recommended safety guidelines), Eggs Up Grill is ready to welcome back its neighbors with a new lineup of bacon dishes guaranteed to make guests smile. The new Awaken to Bacon promotion starts June 18 in all 43 locations. It features four all-new, limited-time dishes bursting with bacon – from cooking freshly chopped bacon pieces into fluffy buttermilk pancakes to turning waffles into buns for a new twist on a Bacon, Egg & Cheese sandwich.

“While these last few months have been very disruptive, we feel passionately about our role in the community to help our guests share a meal with family and friends, laughing and enjoying the time spent together even more,” said Ricky Richardson, CEO of Eggs Up Grill. “Whether enjoying these in our restaurants or in their homes, these new menu items give our guests even more reasons to choose us with meals that showcase the comforting, classic flavors we’re known for, and new twists to traditional dishes. Our franchise partners are small-business owners that chose to become part of our brand and part of their local neighborhoods and want to do everything they can to make their neighbors smile. And you just can’t say ‘bacon’ without a smile on your face.”

Starting at $5.99, the Awaken to Bacon dishes are available for a limited time, featuring:

  • Red, White & Bacon Pancakes – two fluffy buttermilk pancakes with crispy bacon pieces cooked into the batter, topped with fresh strawberries and a dollop of cream cheese frosting, and garnished with (you guessed it) even more bacon – $6.99
  • Bacon, Egg & Cheese Waffle Sandwich – made with a half waffle and an egg, crispy bacon and American cheese served with home fries and a side of syrup for dipping – $5.99
  • Texas Farmhouse Omelet – a four-egg omelet loaded with bacon, andouille sausage, mushrooms, home fries, pepper jack cheese, pickled jalapenos and green chiles, topped with sausage gravy and hatch chiles, and served with a choice home fries or grits and toast – $10.49
  • Double Bacon, Double Cheese Steak Burger – two juicy, steak burger patties stacked with four strips of bacon, American cheese, red onion, lettuce, tomato, mustard, ketchup and pickles on a grilled brioche bun, and served with a choice of home fries, potato salad or chips – $9.99

In addition, Eggs Up Grill is focused on reminding guests of its spot as the neighborhood go-to for breakfast, brunch and lunch. Offered as a weekday-only special, Biscuits, Bowls & Burgers provides three favorite menu items that serve as a satisfying meal, whether guests are dining in or taking out. Included in the promotion:

  • Sausage, Egg and Cheese Biscuit with Home Fries – $5
  • Loaded Home Fry Bowl – $6
  • Great American Cheeseburger with Home Fries – $7

“We developed Biscuits, Bowls & Burgers to offer a few of our guests’ favorites at a price point that speaks to our everyday value,” said Richardson. “While guests know and love us for our breakfast and brunch, we recently revamped our burgers and guests can’t get enough of them! And as with all of our featured promotions, we specifically chose meals that will travel well, as many of our guests have shown their needs are shifting to include more takeout options.”

The brand will also continue to offer its popular Family Bundle meals, first unveiled in the spring as dining rooms closed due to state and local restrictions. Available for takeout or delivery, these meals are designed to feed a family of four for less than $25, with options available that feed up to six.

Bundle meals include:

  • Classic Family Breakfast with scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, home fries and a choice of biscuits or pancakes.
  • Build-Your-Own Biscuits served with scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, sausage gravy and home fries.
  • Home Fries and Eggs topped with a choice of bacon and sausage, Italian or vegetarian ingredients.

“Serving our community is a true passion that is at the heart of what we do and our already strong value for the money positioning is even more important right now,” said Richardson. “We are proud to be that community gathering place where all our neighbors are welcome around our tables.”

The Eggs Up Grill menu features feel-good favorites ranging from signature omelets to piled-high burgers and sandwiches. All locations have reopened with full-service dining, and with online ordering, delivery, curbside and catering options, guests are also able to enjoy Eggs Up Grill fare outside of the location’s four walls. Guests may contact their local Eggs Up Grill for more information. 

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. Originally founded in Pawleys Island, S.C., in 1997 by restaurateur Chris Skodras, Eggs Up Grill has grown to more than 40 locations across the Southeast and is headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C. With strong AUVs and consistent comp sales momentum, it’s no wonder existing franchisees are reinvesting in the brand and new franchisees are joining the Eggs Up Grill family.

For more information, visit www.eggsupgrill.com.

Eggs Up Grill introduces Family Breakfast Bundles for Take-Out and Delivery

 

 

 

 

 

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – As the nation practices social distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19, Eggs Up Grill is offering the Family Breakfast Bundle to provide guests with a worry-free meal option featuring the brand’s signature home-style cooking in a convenient take-out package. Available at all Eggs Up Grill locations starting now, the Family Breakfast Bundle feeds up to four people for $25 or less.

“We know everyone’s routine has drastically changed, and it seems that we are all craving a sense of normalcy,” said Ricky Richardson, CEO of Eggs Up Grill. “Eggs Up Grill’s local franchise owners of got on the phone and decided together how we would approach the next few weeks to keep our guests and restaurant families safe, healthy and happy. In addition to the extra steps we’ve taken to create an even more safe environment, we are also introducing special Family Breakfast Bundles that can be enjoyed at home while schools are temporarily closed and many of you are working from home. “

The Family Breakfast Bundle is built to feed a family of four, includes scrambled eggs, 12 pieces of bacon, home fries and four biscuits for $25 or less*. Additional people may be added to for $6.25 or less. Each add-on includes eggs, bacon, a serving of home fries and a biscuit per person. And coming soon, guests will also be able to enjoy a Biscuit Bundle featuring half a dozen biscuits, sausage, bacon, and gravy.  It’s enough to feed a family of 4 at $25 or less.  Guests can enjoy every meal from Eggs Up Grill knowing that the food is carefully prepared and each restaurant is properly sanitized according to CDC guidelines.

“We’re in an incredibly trying time for everyone.  As each Eggs Up is owned and operated by a member of the local community  we are especially thankful for all the support from each of you in the community as we work through this time together!” said Richardson.

The Eggs Up Grill menu features feel-good favorites ranging from signature omelets to piled-high breakfast sandwiches. With online ordering, delivery, curbside and catering options, guests are able to enjoy Eggs Up Grill fare outside of the location’s four walls. Guests may contact their local Eggs Up Grill for more information.

*available at participating restaurants, price varies by location

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. Originally founded in Pawleys Island, S.C., in 1997 by restaurateur Chris Skodras, Eggs Up Grill has grown to more than 40 locations across the Southeast and is headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C. With strong AUVs and consistent comp sales momentum, it’s no wonder existing franchisees are reinvesting in the brand and new franchisees are joining the Eggs Up Grill family.  For more information, visit https://eggsupgrill.com/franchise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Protecting Your Health

Thank you for taking the time to read this communication from Eggs Up Grill as we believe it is important to share with you how we’re responding to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation.  We want to assure you that at your local Eggs Up Grill, your health, safety and happiness is our #1 job. 

Guests can remain confident that when you dine at Eggs Up Grill, you are in a restaurant that adheres to cleanliness and food safety guidelines that go above and beyond local standards.  We work closely with Ecolab, which is a third-party global leader in hygiene technologies and services.  These policies and inspections ensure our restaurants are cleaner, safer and healthier for you and your family.

We appreciate you understanding that your experience at Eggs Up Grill may be a bit different for the foreseeable future as our communities work thru this situation.  As an example we are removing all condiments from our table tops, making these available on request.  Your menus will now be single use, paper menus that will be discarded after every use.  Our local franchise partners and their teams are stepping up the already stringent cleaning and sanitation practices, increasing the frequency with which they are sanitizing all high-traffic areas and commonly touched surfaces including tables, doors and counters. Please understand that with these enhanced practices, it may take us a few moments longer to seat your table.

We continue to implement our regular handwashing procedures, deep cleaning routines and ensure that sick team members stay home.  We are closely following the recommendations of local and state health departments, the Center for Disease Control & Prevention and the World Health Organization to ensure our guests and team members are safe and healthy.

We also want to make sure you can enjoy the Eggs Up Grill food you love, even if your routine is a little different these days. We encourage you to take advantage of our take-out and delivery services available.  Please check with your local Eggs Up Grill for details     

Eggs Up Grill is dedicated to being a part of your community–truly neighbors serving neighbors.  We are here to make sure we can put a smile on your face, in any way we can. 

Thank you.

Ricky Richardson, CEO

Eggs Up Grill Featured in Entrepreneur Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eggs Up Grill is featured in the March 2020 issue of  Entrepreneur Magazine, detailing the history of our company and the new growth and expansion of the brand.

CEO Ricky Richardson said it best, “What’s so appealing about Eggs Up Grill is the level of authenticity that comes with it. That connection is really differentiating and compelling for a guest.”

We are dedicated to being home to the whole neighborhood, serving smiles from sunup through lunch. Our proven brand and business model supports more than 20 years of success! Come join us as we grow to more neighborhoods across the Southeast.

To read the article, click here.